The Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) is established to undertake research in areas like forestry, biodiversity etc., that are vital to the development of the Kerala State
Website : http://www.kfri.res.in/
KERALA FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE (KFRI)
Peechi-680 653, Thrissur District, Kerala
About the Institute
The Kerala Forest Research Institute was established as an autonomous institution under the Science and Technology Policy adopted by the Government of Kerala to undertake research in areas of forestry, biodiversity and conservation. KFRI was brought under the umbrella of the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) in 2003.KFRI is a premier institution that fulfills a number of economic and social objectives of the people and the Government related to forestry and environment. Sustainable management of forests requires a strong science and technology base; it also demands a contemporary shift towards environmental functions of forests, especially protection of watersheds, conservation of biodiversity and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Since its inception in 1975, working in collaboration with the State Forest Department and other stakeholders, the Kerala Forest Department and other stakeholders, the Kerala Forest Research Institute continues to play a key role in strengthening the scientific basis for management of natural and planted forests.
The Headquarters of KFRI is located at Peechi, about 20km east of Trissur City. The Institute has a sub Centre at Nilambur in Malappuram District (43.36ha).
Functional Research Areas
- Means and mechanisms of scientific forest management including management of the environment and environmental impact assessment
- Documentation, conservation and utilization of native forest biodiversity
- Wildlife conservation and protected area management
- Value addition of non-wood forest products and documentation of indigenous knowledge
- Interface between forests and man, particularly in the context of tribal welfare, forest rights and other forest policies and Improvement of productivity of forest plantations through silvicultural, genetic and biotechnological interventions.
Main campus @ Peechi, Trissur
- Arboretum with 3569 accessions of 170 tree species belonging to 122 genera and 46 families.
- Palmetum having about 80 species of palms in live form.
- Canetum with about 30 species of rattans in live form.
- Orchidarium with indigenous fens and orchid species.
- Central Nursery for mass production of plating stock of forestry species.
- Medicinal Plant Garden with many indigenous medicinal plants.
- A controlled misting Unit facilitating easy propagation of plants from vegetative shoots.
- Kerala Forest Seed Centre, an establishment for collection, processing and supply of quality seeds of teak and other forestry species, medicinal and other plant species.
- Herbarium comprising 15,000 dried specimens representing 3500 species of flowering plants.
- Xylarium with wood samples of 567 timber species.
- Butterfly Garden with common food plants of butterflies.
- A sophisticated Biotechnology Laboratory with all modern equipment’s.
- An Insectary, comprising 3500 specimens of insects.
- A wildlife Museum with stuffed and preserved specimens of wildlife and other animals.
- A Centralized Instrumentation Unit (CIU) with many sophisticated equipment for research.
- The Forestry Library containing over 16500 books, 9000 back volumes, over 90 scientific periodicals, 1300 reprints, and the electronic Portal.
- A full-fledged Extension and Training Centre, supporting the regular training programmes.
- A fully furnished International Trainee’s Hostel with comfortable accommodation for around 50 trainee participants.
Sub-centre campus at Nilambur
- A Bambusetum with 21 species of bamboos and trial plots of several tree species.
- The Teak Museum, dedicated to history, biology, cultivation and utilization of teak
- Bio resource Nature Trail, a live mimic of natural ecosystems and the native biodiversity
- A Model Butterfly Garden, providing the environment for imparting nature education.
Field Research Centre: Velupadam
- A Bambusetum with 63 species of bamboos
- A live collection of Rare, Endangered and Threatened trees of Kerala
- Space and facilities of Nursery and other field trials
Understanding that the society at large should benefit from the new knowledge and technologies developed by the institute, KFRI takes every effort to disseminate its research outputs. The extension activities performed by the Institute include:
- Training Programmes- For farmers, carpenters, tribal people, women entrepreneurs, college teachers, college students and artisans besides Officials of the Forest Department of several aspects of forestry.
- Extension service– Offered to all user agencies including wood based industries and the public; service include identification of plants and wood samples, supply of seeds and seedling, advice on species-site matching, fertilizer application and management of pests, diseases, alien weeds etc.
- Nature Education Programmes- the Bio-resources Park and the associated Teak Museum is an establishment of creation of awareness on forestry, environment and biodiversity.
- Interaction with end-users– Visits by foresters, teachers, researchers, industrialists, farmers, students and the general public are encouraged on all working days.
- Open days – Once in a year, the Institute’s laboratories are opened to public, school/ colleges’ children and the staffs introduces/explains various subjects/topics.
- Exhibitions– KFRI organizes exhibition in schools/colleges/panchayats other places depicting Institute’s activities especially on biodiversity documentation and conservation of natural forests.
- Radio talks– Scientists deliver radio talk on current trends of forestry research for the benefit of people
- Handbooks and information bulletins and pest fact sheets: The Institute periodically publishes handbooks and information bulletins on various aspects of forestry for the information of all stakeholders of forests.
Visit for Public and Students
The main campus of the Institute is visited by around 8000 visitors each year.
The Teak Museum and the Bio resources Nature Trial at Nilambur are open to the public on all days from 9 am to 5.30 pm, including public holidays and Sundays; these facilities remain closed on Mondays.
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