Forest Research in Kerala

Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) is a multidisciplinary team of experts conducting research on tropical forests and forestry. This Institute has contributed significantly to research in tropical forestry and biodiversity conservation over the past three decades of its existence. Founded in 1975, Institute is envisioned as a Centre of Excellence in Tropical Forestry to provide scientific support for decision making on matters related to forestry, with particular emphasis on conservation, sustainable utilization and scientific management of natural resources. KFRI became a part of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) along with five other R&D Centres of the State, when the KSCSTE was constituted in 2002.

Dr. KM Bhat Memorial Award 2016

The 7th Dr. K. M. Bhat Memorial award was awarded to Dr. Revathy, V.S. Asst. Professor, Dept. of Zoology, KKTM Govt. College, Kodungalloor, Thrissur. Dr. Revathy had done her doctoral work on “Systematic of Swallowtail Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) of Kerala”, a group of extremely colourful large butterflies having tremendous ecological and economic significance. The award was presented to her on 11th March 2016 in a function organised at KFRI coinciding with 7th death anniversary of Dr. K. M. Bhat.

Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award 2016

The Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award for innovative Research in Conservation of Forests is awarded to Vivek Philip Cyriac and Ms.Jis Sebastian. The award instituted in memory of former KFRI Director Dr. C. Chandrasekharan, an expert in tropical forestry, carries a purse of Rs. 40000, a gold medal and a certificate each. Vivek Philip Cyriac, Research scholar at School of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research shares the Award with Ms.Jis Sebastian, Research Scholar, Saraswathi Narayanan College, Perungudi,Madurai Kamraj University, Madura.