Updates from ICFRE Institutes

 A Report on Webinar Programme on “Application of Advance Computational Tools For Forestry Research” organized by IT & GIS Discipline of Forest Research Institute , Dehradun  FRI:   21 October 2020

 A Report on Webinar Programme on “Bio-composite: wood and wood based material” organized by Forest Products Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun  FRI:   21 October 2020

 A Report on Webinar Programme on “Medicinal Plants and their relevance in COVID-19 Pandemic” conducted by Institute of Forest Biodiversity (IFB), Hyderabad on 20th October, 2020  IFB:   21 October 2020

 A Report on webinar organized by Forest Research Centre for Eco-Rehabilitation, Prayagraj on the topic of" Research & Innovation Scenario in Agro forestry"   FRC-ER:   19 October 2020

 A Report on Monthly seminar on the topic “Rhododendrons of North Western Himalaya- Diversity, Economic Value and Impact of Climate Change” under the theme “Managing Forests and Forest Products for Livelihood Support and Economic Growth” at Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla on 30th September, 2020  HFRI:   19 October 2020

 A Report on the Research Advisory group (RAG) meeting 2020 held on 15th October 2020 at IFGTB Coimbatore  IFGTB:   19 October 2020

 A Report on Two Days Training Programme on Statistical Methods in Forestry Research Organized by Institute of Forest Biodiversity,Hyderabad from 5th to 6th October, 2020  IFB:   16 October 2020

 A report on the three-day training program conducted by Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi on the subject of Computer Application from 07.10.2020 to 09.10.2020  IFP:   16 October 2020

 A Report on Cleanliness Drive conducted on 2nd October, 2020 in residential area of FRI and New Forest Colony of Kanwli Garden to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi  FRI:   16 October 2020

 A Report on monthly seminar organized by Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Hyderabad on 30th September 2020 on the topic of “Bioprospecting for industrial Improvement and status in India”  IFB:   16 October 2020

 A Report on three days Training and Demonstration virtual programme on ‘Composting techniques’ for ICFRE technical staff organized by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla from 23rd to 25th September, 2020  HFRI:   15 October 2020

 A Report on the three days Training Programme organized by IFP Ranchi from 7th october2020 To 9th October 2020 Through online mode under HRD Plan  IFP:   15 October 2020

 A brief report on the organization of Hindi Fortnight at Forest Research Centre for Eco-Rehabilitation, Prayagraj from 14th September 2020 to 28th September 2020  FRC-ER:   14 October 2020

 A Report on Webinar on "Forest Fire – Ecology and Management" conducted at Institute of Forest Genetics & Tree Breeding, Coimbatore on 28th September, 2020  IFGTB:   13 October 2020

 A report on the organization of Wildlife Week-2020 from 02nd October to 08th October, 2020 by Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla  HFRI:   13 October 2020

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ICFRE Technologies

  Biopesticides

Tree PALH is a biopesticide product which has been developed as an alternative to chemical pesticides for the management of insect pests of forestry importance. Use of Hydnocarpic acid as biopesticide is first of its kind and combination with neem oil and essential oil of Lantana is a new approach.

  Tree Rich Biobooster- An alternate potting mixture for plant production.

“Tree Rich Biobooster” is a comprehensive potting mixture provides requisite nutrients and protects plants from pest and diseases. It is made from coconut fiber waste duly decomposed and enriched with all nutrients through various beneficial microbes.

  ArborEasyTM DNA Isolation Kit

ArborEasy® DNA isolation kit is a spin column based genomic DNA isolation kit. ArborEasy® is a registered trademark.  The isolation Kit provides an indigenous, nonbio-hazardous, low cost pin column based system for isolation of plant genomic DNA from wide range of tissue types, specifically tree tissues.  
 

  Commercialization of Clones of Casuarinas and Eucalyptus

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), is working on genetic improvement of Eucalyptus, Casuarina, Acacias and fast growing native tree species.  This targeted research is carried out in close collaboration with the Paper industries and farmers to meet the raw material demand and increase the farm income. 

  Conservation and Species Restoration of Critically Endangered Medicinal Plant

Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari, commonly known as guggal, is a medicinally important desert species of the family burseraceae. It is a well known for its valuable active principle found in its oleo-gum-resin (guggulsterone E and Z), which are used in drugs preparation for lowering the cholesterol level in human body.

  TFRI Tricho cards

Fresh eggs of rice moth, Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton) (Lepidptera : Pyralidae) were pasted on paper cards and hanged in teak forests for 2-3 days during last week of June in Udaipur (compartment No. 298 RF), Kalpi Forest Range, Mandla Forest Division, MP. 

  Management of white grubs in teak nurseries

Teak (Tectona grandis) is one of the major forest timber tree species in central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Orissa. In central India, the preferred planting material is root-shoot rather than teak seedlings grown in root trainers. 

  Production and distribution of biofertilizers of microbial origin

Bio-fertilizers or microbial inoculants are preparations containing live or latent cells of efficient strains of nitrogen fixing, mineral solubilizing, or cellulolytic microbes used for application to seed, soil or composting areas to augment the extent of availability of nutrients to plants. Biofertilizer has been extensively applied and accepted worldwide in agricultural crops, however, its application in forest tree species remains restricted. 

  Seed Technology of Juniperus polycarpos (Himalayan Pencil Cedar)

Juniperus polycarpos C. Koch is an important indigenous conifer of North-Western Himalayan Region, commonly known as “Himalayan Pencil Cedar”. The seeds of this species have dormancy which affects its germination. Technology for breaking seed dormancy has been developed at HFRI during last 5 years.

  Macro-proliferation technique for Kutki Multiplication

Picrorhiza kurrooa, Royle ex Benth. commonly known as Kutki is an important temperate medicinal plant found in western Himalayas, which has a great potential for commercial cultivation in higher temperate regions (above 2700 mts.).

  Macro-proliferation technique for Mushakbala Multiplication

Valeriana jatamansi, Jones commonly known as Mushakbala is an important temperate medicinal plant species found in western Himalayas and possesses great potential for commercial cultivation. The species can be easily grown by seeds but the vegetative propagation has scientific advantage over sexual propagation

  Integrated Pest Management of Deodar Defoliator (Ectropis deodarae Prout)

Deodar (Cedrus deodara), one of the most valuable and dominant conifer species of the North-western Himalaya at certain intervals gets affected by a defoliator, Ectropis deodarae Prout, (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). This key pest seriously affects the younger crops in deodar forests.

  Intercropping of temperate medicinal plants with horticultural plantation

The interspaces in the orchards of high hill temperate region can be better utilized and economic benefit from the orchards can be enhanced by intercropping selected commercially important medicinal plants.

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