Tree Health Helpline
Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) in its three decades of existence has emerged as a hub of tropical forest research. One of the leading branches of research which cut across subject disciplines was the effort to solve tree health problems. This includes problems faced at single tree level to those at nurseries and plantation levels. Thousands of queries have been attended to, problems diagnosed arid remedies prescribed. Various divisions of KFRI like Soil Science, Entomology, Pathology, Botany, Silviculture, Wood Science, Statistics and Wildlife and Physiology had actively Involved In either attending to the problems in both multidisciplinary and monodiscipilnary modes.
The comprehensive tree helpline can attend to all queries related to tree planting and management such as site selection, species site matching, planting thinning, soil testing, fertilization, pest, disease and weed management, multi-species interactions, landscape level afforestation programmes, tree/wood sample identification, preservative treatments and economic valuation. The clientele of the service will be the general public including students who participate in tree planting programmes and also private and public firms.
- Site selection: Identifying the right locales for tree pLanting species
- Site matching: Identifying which tree species are suited for a given site
- Planting: Recommendations on spacing and time of planting
- Thinning: Information on when and how to thin woodlots
- Soil testing: Quantifying soil nutrients
- Fertilizer application: Recommendations on type, quantity and timing of fertilizer use
- Pest, disease and weed management: Protocols for monitoring and recommendations on pest, disease and weed control with special focus on eco-friendly methods
- Multi-species Interactions: Knowledge on species mixing and their planting protocols
- Landscape level / afforestation Programmes: logistical support for large scale tree planting efforts
- Tree/wood sample Identification: Identification of wood samples and their strength measurements
- Preservative treatments: Timber seasoning protocols and preservative treatment methods
- Economic valuation: Economic projection and valuation of woodlots
The first question was launched on 28th February 2019, National Science Day as an outreach programme for answering questions that children ask. We welcome questions pertaining to all realms of Science and Nature and from all age groups. Questions are answered with the help of published articles on the subject, online portals and experts on the subject from various departments of KFRI as well as from other institutes. The helpline functions Monday through Friday from 9 30am to 5 30pm.
The first question was a response to our understanding that many of the interesting questions children ask are not taken seriously and that as the children grow up the number of questions they ask reduces drastically. We wish to hear the questions with all seriousness and provide scientific answers, encouraging them to ask further questions in the process.
Analysis of the questions received last year was presented in the 32nd Kerala Science Congress and was adjudged as the best oral presentation in the Science & Society category.
Contact: Scientist Incharge
Tree Health Helpline
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi P.O, Thrissur District, Kerala - 680653, India.
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