Divisions Sustainable Forest Management

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

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: +91-487-2690567
e-mail: sfm@kfri.res.in