Divisions Forest Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation

Forest Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation

Departments of Forest Ecology, Botany, Wildlife and Non-wood Forest Products constitute the Division. The thrust areas of research of the Division are ecosystem and landscape analysis, rehabilitation and restoration, population ecology, biodiversity evaluation and conservation of fragile ecosystems, traditional knowledge system analysis and biodiversity-informatics. Inventorisation of biodiversity of different forest types and protected areas, evaluation of below-ground biodiversity, taxonomic studies and conservation of RET species of flora have been some areas of research in the Division. Besides, the Wildlife Department deals with inventorisation of fauna, endangered animals, man-wildlife interaction and wildlife census. Nursery and plantation technology of selected indigenous timber species, phytochemical analysis of medicinal plants, ethno-biological studies and cultivation of medicinal plants and other NWFPs such as bamboos and rattans, are other activities of the Division.

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Risk assessment and development of management protocols for alien invasive ants of Kerala
  2. Evaluation of bioactive principles from entomofungi for insect pest management
  3. Developing a sampling mathodology for the snail Achatina fulica and to estimate the population size in infested sites of Kerala

Ongoing Extension Projects

The Departments under this program division are
Contact: Head of the Department
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi 680653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
Tel: +91-487-2690291
e-mail: fe&bc@kfri.res.in