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Sustainable Forest Management

The Division consists of Tree Physiology, Silviculture and Soil Science Departments. The main areas of research of the Division are: seed technology, improved nursery and silvicultural practices, production of better clones and quality planting stock of plantation species, and sustainable forest management. Besides, studies have also been undertaken on eco-restoration and afforestation of degraded sites, raising green belts in coastal areas, control of riverbank erosion by planting, evaluation of factors affecting plantation productivity, soil nutrient management for important forestry species, composting technology for soil amelioration, and environmental physiology, especially water use, photosynthesis and microclimate. Monitoring weather parameters is also being undertaken by 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
  4. Assessment of medicinal plant resources of Northern Kerala
  5. Kerala Forest And Environment Index (KF&E-Index)
  6. Plant metabolic studies in the genus Embelia found in Kerala.
  7. Ecology and restoration of Cynometra beddomei and Kingiodendron pinnatum two endemic and endangered tree legumes of Western Ghats of Kerala.
  8. Foraging ecology of selected birds in the Kole wetlands of Kerala, India.
  9. Network project on conservation of Lac insect genetic resources
  10. Fire as a Management Tool: A case study from selected forest ecosystems in Kerala.
  11. Ecology and patch dynamics of the endangered grizzled giant squirrel, Ratuya macroura dandolena habitats in South India with special reference to its conservation
  12. Development of biomarkers as a predictive tool for organophosphate toxicity in terrestrial ecosystem
  13. Long-term monitoring of forest ecosystem dynamics: Phase I: Establishment of 10 ha. permanent plot in tropical wet evergreen forest of Kerala
  14. Plant growth promoting Rhizosphere and Rhizoplane Fungi of grasses and their ability to control important fungal diseases of forest nurseries
  15. Ecology and conservation genetics of Atuna indica and Hydnocarpus longipedunculatus –two rare and endemic trees in the Kerala part of the Western Ghats
  16. Exploring the potential for hybridization in bamboo species in flower in KFRI Bambusetum
  17. Study on reproductive constrains and seed characteristics of Terminalia paniculata
  18. Developing a digital library for the Teak Museum
  19. Bioactivity guided fratination and mechanistic elucidation of biomolecules from Cocculus iaurifolius DC. Of Southern Western Ghats
  20. Factors affecting roosting ecology of birds in Kerala
  21. Pedogenic influences on vegetation dynamics in major forested wetlands of Kerala Western Ghats
  22. Developing a sampling methodology for the snail Achatina fulica and to estimate the population size in infested sites of Kerala
  23. Exploration of medicinal plant resources of Lakshadweep island with special reference to indigenous knowledge
  24. Wood balance study in Kerala
  25. Documentation of population demography and genetic structure of teak for developing sustainable conservation strategies and resource management
  26. Economic valuation of ecosystem services in the moist deciduous forests of Kerala
  27. Authentication of major commercially traded raw drugs in the Ayurvedic systems of medicine in India
  28. The medicinal plants market in South India: Economic value and tribal rights
  29. Establishment of a Herbal Garden as a peri-urban green space of Nilambur, Malappuram District, Kerala
  30. Bird hazard to aircrafts in the Cochin Naval Air Station(INS Garuda)
  31. Exploration of medicinal plant resources of Panju islands of Maharashtra
  32. Collection, Identification, documentation, exploration and conservation of biodiversity of parasitic foliicolous hyphomycetous fungi from Tarai forests flora of Uttar Pradesh
  33. Tracking the invasion of Achatina Fulica and its role in spreading the rat lung worm Angiostrongylos cantonensis
  34. DNA Barcoding a promising molecular tool for timber forensis
  35. Compilation of Indian Forestry Abstracts (IFA) Phase III
  36. Foraging ecology of birds in the kole wetlands of Kerala, India
  37. Assessment of ecosystem services from Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
  38. Pedogenesis and geochemical transformations in forest ecosystems of Western Ghats, Kerala
  39. Modelling carbon sequestration and its dynamics in the mangrove systems of Kerala
  40. Evaluation of Phenotypic and Phytochemical profiles of selected medicinal plants from different agro- climatic conditions of Kerala
  41. Molecular fingerprints and geochemical interaction of organo-nano composites from forest floor humic acids in Western Ghats, Kerala
  42. Chemistry and transformation of clay minerals under continuous teak rotations of Kerala Western Ghats
  43. Reproductive traits and phenology of endemic plant species in New Amarambalam reserved forests of Nilagiri Biosphere
  44. Using soundscapes to examine spatio temporal ecological dynamics and assess biodiversity of a protected area in the Western Ghats
  45. Exploring the possibility of developing Semiochemical based control strategy for the management of Cossus cadambae- the borer pest of Tectona granidis through isolation & identification of its pheromone system
  46. Long term monitoring of Strobilanthes kunthianus in Eravikulam National Park-Phase I.
  47. Establishment of Nodal Centre of Alien Invasive Species research and management
  48. Resolving species complexes using molecular systematics: a case study of few taxa in the Western Ghats
  49. Restoration and reassessment of selected IUCN listed endangered tress in the Western Ghats

Ongoing Extension Projects

  1. 29th Kerala Science Congress
  2. KSCSTE Curtain raiser programme of 29th Kerala Science Congress
  3. Maintenance of digital archives and research project records in RME
  4. Developing protocols for professional forest management practices
  5. Establishing Tulasivanam(Collection of Tulasi Plants) at Niyamasabha Complex
  6. Preparation of compensatory mangrove afforestation and conservation plan related to the widening and improvement of NH 17 from Kannur to Vegalam in the State of Kerala
  7. National interaction meeting of practitioners and researchers of traditional system of medicine
  8. Recreating forest with emphasis on indigenous plants at the campus of Hill Palace, Ernakulum - Phase 1
  9. A Proposal for Publishing an Introductory, Pictorial Book (Coffee-Table Book) on the Forest Wealth of Kerala
  10. Maintenance of field research station at,Devikulam (old EP 329)
  11. Maintenance of field research station Kottapara, Ernakulam.
  12. Lan, internet and website (Old lib.02)
The Departments under this program division are
Contact: Head of the Department
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi 680653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
Tel: +91-487-2690567
e-mail: sfm@kfri.res.in