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Kerala Forest Research Institute

Established  in 1975, Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) envisions it 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. KFRI became a part of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) along with five other R&D Centres of the State, when the KSCSTE was constituted in 2002.

The Institute has a well maintained state of the art instrumentation centre besides specialised laboratories for research in Tissue-culture, Clonal Multiplication, Physiology, Wildlife Biology, Soil Science, Biotechnology, Wood Sciences, Biochemistry, Mycology, Entomology, Sylviculture, GIS and RS. 

Research Departments in KFRI

KFRI has 17 research departments grouped under 9 Programme Divisions as below in addition to special facilities such Research Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (RME-Unit) , Central Instrumentation Unit (CIU) and Kerala Forest Seed Centre (KFSC) 

Sustainable Forest Management
  • Sillviculture
  • Tree Physiology
  • Soil Science

Forest Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding
  • Biotechnology

Forest Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Botany
  • Non-Timber Forest Produces
  • Wildlife Biology

Forest Protection
  • Forest Entomology
  • Forest Pathology

Wood Science and Technology
  • Wood Science and Technology

Forestry and Human Dimension
  • Forest Economics
  • Sociology

Forest Management Information System
  • Forest Statistics
  • GIS & Remote Sensing

Extension and Training
  • Extension
  • Training

Library and Information

Services of Kerala Forest Research Institute

KFRI Offers following services:

  • Conducts research on problem subjects in forestry and environment suggested by various agencies including State Government departments
  • Undertakes research on long-term research agenda
  • Imparts training to Staff of the Forest Departments from Kerala and other States
  • Performs Environmental Impact Assessment of development projects
  • Collates, organise, analyse and present updated databases on forest resources
  • Provides expert opinion on disputed ecological issues to the Judiciary
  • Investigates problematic forestry/environmental issues for the Kerala Forest Department
  • Assists the State Government/Government Departments for framing forestry related developmental projects and programmes
  • Explores and documents new plant, animal and microbial species
  • Conducts Seminars/Symposia/Conferences and brings out the collated information
  • Facilitates conduct of scientific and science-oriented meetings/conferences
  • Offers specialized lectures on various topics on environment, conservation and forestry
  • Organizes, maintains and makes available live collections of native plants of various groups such as palms, bamboos, orchids, trees, medicinal plants, threatened plants, etc.

Kerala Forest Research Institute 
Peechi P.O, Thrissur District 
Kerala , India. Pin- 680653 
Phone: 91-487-2690100; Fax 91-487-2690111
Nilambur Subcentre
KFRI Subcentre, Chandakkunnu
Pin: 679 342, Nilambur, Kerala.
Phone: 04931-222846, 220218; Fax: 04931-220969;
KFRI Field Research Centre,
Velupadam P.O., Palappilly.
Phone: 0480 - 2762205 

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