Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI)
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.
KFRI has 56 highly qualified scientific staff and about 150 supporting and administrative
staff. The man power is organized in to 17
which are grouped as nine
Programme Divisions so that the research activities converge to contribute to
the Vision of KFRI.
We undertake research and consultancy
programmes for national and international agencies on the issues relating to biological
conservation and management of natural resources. KFRI has about fifty scientists
supported by a strong team of skilled and qualified man power in various areas
including documentation, accounting, administration, engineering etc. Institute
is accredited as research centre of the FRI
and Cochin University
of Science and Technology
for enrolling students for research programme leading
to award of PhD Degree.
Institute has well maintained state of the art instrumentation centre besides specialised laboratories
for research in Tissue-culture
, Clonal Multiplication
, Wildlife Biology
, Soil Science
, Wood Sciences
, GIS and RS
Our facilities for plant propagation
includes Forest Seed Centre (KFSC), Nurseries
, Green House
, Mist chamber
etc. Apart from this KFRI maintains facilities for long-term monitoring
of environmental process such as Permanent plots
and Weather Stations
. "Tree Health Helpline
" offers free consultation for most of the issues relating to tree crops launched by the institute has become popular among various stakeholders.
Secretariats of two international networks funded by Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations- namely TEAKNET
, are housed in KFRI.
Institute staff over the period of three decades of their field visits to remote forest localities across India has accumulated impressive collections of plant and animal specimens, and pedological samples which are organised as: Arboretum
Cane and Palmetum
, Medicinal Plants
, Soil museum
, Wildlife Museum
. The Guided Nature Trails
and Thematic Displays
on forestry and environment with the extension and training division
deserve special mention.