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 2017
The 8th Dr. K. M. Bhat Memorial award was awarded to Lakshmi C. J. Chakkamadathil House, Vadanappally P.O. Thrissur, Dr. Lakshmi had done her doctoral work on “Development of seed handling techniques for selected commercial bamboo species”. The award was presented to her by Padma Shri M. Chandradathan, Scientific Advisor to the Chief Minister, Govt. of Kerala (Distinguished Scientist and Former Director of ISRO Centres) on 12th May 2017 in a function organised at KFRI coinciding with 8th death anniversary of Dr. K. M. Bhat
Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award 2017
The Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award for innovative Research in Conservation of Forests is awarded to Mr. Ranjith A.P, Research Scholar, Department of Zoology, University of Calicut. The award instituted in memory of former KFRI Director Dr. C. Chandrasekharan, the first Director of KFRI, an expert in tropical forestry, carries a purse of Rs. 40000, a gold medal and a certificate. Shri. P.K Kesavan IFS, PCCF, Kerala Forest Department, Thiruvananthapuram delivered Dr.Chandrasekharan memorial lecture and gave away the award to the winner at KFRI on 18th January 2018.