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.
The areas identified for collaborative research are: Developing the green campus at IIT, Palakkad, Man-animal conflict, Model the carbon sequestration potential of different bamboos species, Sea shore restoration, Landslide prediction and Hydrological modeling, Large-scale application of bamboo and rattan in the construction sector, Molecular modeling, Developing instruments for sustainable harvest of NTFPs, Climate change prediction and modeling using plant functional traits, Identify and quantify invasive species of plants through image processing, Understanding the behavior pattern of invasive tortoises by recording and mapping the movement of each individual, Machine learning Algorithms for gene sequencing, Identifying suitable varieties of bamboo to develop a support frame for floating solar panels, Student, faculty, scientist, and staff exchange programmes and cooperation between them in appropriate academic and scientific programmes, Exchange of scientific and technical materials and conduct of joint conferences and workshops.More news
Kerala Forest Research Institute (KSCSTE - KFRI) won the Best Performing Institute Awards during the "50 Years Golden Jubilee Celebration of Science & Technology in Kerala" held on 29-05-2022. In order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the State Committee on Science and Technology, KSCSTE is organising a series of events and activities across the State to bring out Science and technology promotion activities carried out by STEC, KSCSTE and R&D Institutions under its ambit. Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan presented the Award to a Team of Scientists from KFRI.More news
The 12th Dr C. Chandarasekharan Memorial award of the year 2021 was awarded to Mrs Divya Soman, a researcher at KFRI in a function held on 13th September 2022 coinciding with the death anniversary of Dr C. Chandrasekharan. The Memorial lecture titled Challenges in management and conservation of forests in Kerala was delivered by Sri. P.K. Kesavan IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head Forest Force, (Rtd.), Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department, Thiruvananthapuram.More news
KFRI entered an MoU with the Forest College & Research Institute of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University in the presence of Hon Vice Chancellor Dr V.Geethalakshmi on 21st June 2022. This partnership will enable both the institutes to further collaborative research, training and extension activities in forestry.More news
The Department of Forest Ecology, KFRI, conducted Hands-on sessions on '"Tools and Techniques used to understand the climate change response of plants" for 170 students from IIT, Palakkad during January 14-15. Dr. K. A. Sreejith, Abdulla Naseef, Arunlal, Muhammed Afsal, Hrudya, Prasad, Vignesh, Arunkumar, Jithin, Baby Salini, and Arya were in the team to demonstrate various field and lab experiments to understand the response of plants to temperature rise, rise in Carbon dioxide draught, etc.More news
As part of the National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) funded project titled Participatory NTFP yielding medicinal plants resource enhancement: Capacity building through protocols for propagation, enrichment planting and management practices of ten high demanding medicinal plants of Western Ghats, Kerala, Tree Physiology Department has imparted one-day hands-on training on scientific methods for harvesting NTFP tree resources including plant production and field planting.More news
Plant Ecophysiology Research Workshop for college teachers was held in KFRI, Peechi during December 5-8, 2021. This was organized by the Department of Forest Ecology with the support of SERB, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. This workshop was intended to update the knowledge on the impact of climate change and to give hands-on sessions on various tools and protocols available to measure the response of plants to changing climate. There were invited talks on various aspects of climate change and ecophysiological tools to understand the effect of climate change.More news
TreeWatch.net is a global network for monitoring tree hydraulics and carbon sequestration in the context of Climate Change. This is a unique tool to understand the hydraulic functioning and growth of trees. Dendrometers and sap flow sensors have the potential to detect stress from individual trees (and subsequently forests) in real-time. KFRI has become the first and only collaborative institution in this network from outside of Europe, and the study especially mangroves on the coastal areas of the State.More news
International Tree Mortality Network (ITMN) an initiative of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) to facilitate collaboration between scientists to combine expertise, knowledge and data, thereby allowing a global assessment of tree mortality and providing crucial information for forest managers and policymaking. KFRI long-term monitoring programme, especially the 10 ha. plot in tropical wet evergreen forests of Sholayar become part of this global network...More news
University of Leeds is having one among the largest global network of long-term monitoring tropical forests called FORESTPLOTS.NET which includes over 5.5 million tree measurements from more than 18,000 species. The permanent plots established by KFRI become part of this programme through the MoU signed. The proposed activities involve joint analysis of questions on carbon dynamics, biodiversity, and tree dynamics etc and exploration of the possibility of establishing a ForestPlots.netMore news
KFRI offers training, consultancy, Nurseries, soil and wood analysis, sophisticated analytical testing and research-based analysis to suppor, Forest Seeds and tree helpline to all queries related to tree planting and management.
MANAGER (MARKETING)(KFRI/EP 353/2017)
Junior Research fellow(Pathology)(No. KSCSTE-KFRI/ Admn- HRC/INT - RP 860/2023)
Junior Research fellow(Invasive Biology)(No. KSCSTE-KFRI/ Admn- HRC/INT - RP 860/2023)