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Silviculture and Forest Management Division


Silviculture and Forest Division (SFM) division has been working towards the goal of improved productivity of selected species, quality of planting stock and conservation of germplasm. The Division works on the improvement of planting stock both through traditional and biotechnological methods. The Division strives for improvement in quality of seed through establishment of Seed Production Areas, Seedling Seed Orchards and Clonal Seed Orchards. The Division establishes Vegetative Multiplication Gardens as a source of genetically improved clonal planting material.

The Division has developed Modern Nursery Practices and Macro-propagation Protocols for the important tree and bamboo species. Bio-technological tools are employed for the development/refinement of protocols for the rapid and mass production of clonal planting material of plus trees/clone/superior genotypes for clonal forestry. Molecular marker based studies are carried out to access genetic fidelity of micro-propagated plants. Seed handling and storage studies are focused on important tree species. Agro-forestry models are being developed on sandal and bamboo species for validation and wider adoption.


  • Genetic improvement for enhancement of productivity and quality of forest and commercially important tree species

  • Developing breeding and production populations through provenance, progeny and clonal trials

  • Exploration, in-situ and ex-situ conservation of forest germplasm. Recovery of endangered species through biotechnological interventions

  • Genetic variability in traits of economic importance and genetic diversity in populations

  • Biotechnological tools for genetic improvement of trees of commercial importance

  • Plant physiology aspects of forestry species

Research Activities

Ongoing Research Programmes

Completed Research Projects 

Services Rendered


Name of the Tests



Provide  information to end users for raising of quality sandal seedlings in nursery and establishment of plantations of sandal and bamboo.



Providing seeds and seedlings of sandal and bamboo.



Hands on training in plant biotechnology



Project work for B. Sc. & M. Sc. Plant biotechnology students.



Specific information by post


Consultancies :-


Consultancies for routine matters at headquarter

  • Scientist

  • Supporting staff


  • Rs. 1,000/- per day
  • Rs. 300/- per day


Consultancies at outside station by inviting Scientist/Staff

  • Scientist
  • Supporting staff


  • Rs. 2,000/- per day
  • Rs. 500/- per day

Facilities and Equipments

The division has the following facilities and expertise for rendering services to user industry and Government and non-government organizations;


  • Tissue Culture Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Seed Technology Laboratory
  • Soil & Plant Analysis Laboratory
  • Green houses
  • Shade House
  • Modern R & D and small Scale Production nursery facilities
  • Expertise
  • Tree Improvement
  • Seed Technology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Agroforestry
  • Silviculture
  • Genetics

Research Staff

  • Dr. V. P. Tewari, Scientist G Head of the Division

  • Dr. T.N. Manohara, Scientist- E

  • Dr. N. Ravi, Scientist- D

  • Dr. M. V. Durai, Scientist -B

  • Ms. K. Gayathri Devi,  Senior Technical Officer

  • Sri. K.S. Sudarshan, Technical Officer

  • Mr. Sandeep Chakraborthi , Senior Technical Assistant

  • Sri. L. Manjunatha, Technician

  • Ms. Bhanumathi, UDC

For further information, Please contact:

The Head

Tree Improvement  and Genetics Division

Institute of Wood Science and Technology

P.O. Malleshwaram

Bangalore-560 003 (India)

E-Mail:  tip_iwst@icfre.org

Ph: 080-22190161



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