Divisions Forest Genetics and Biotechnology

Forest Genetics and Biotechnology

The Division consists of Genetics and Tree Breeding as well as Biotechnology Departments. The main thrust areas of research under this Division are
  • Selection of plus trees and genetic improvement
  • Studies on breeding system parameters and gene flow
  • Tissue culture and low-cost micropropagation technology
  • DNA barcoding
  • Population Genetics using dominant and co-dominant molecular markers
  • Marker assisted selection
  • Association mapping for adaptive traits
  • Molecular diagnosis of genetic disorders


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: Dr. EM Muralidharan
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi 680653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
Tel: +91-487-2690251
e-mail: fg&b@kfri.res.in