Forest Research in Kerala

Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) is a multidisciplinary team of experts conducting research on tropical forests and forestry. This Institute has contributed significantly to research in tropical forestry and biodiversity conservation over the past three decades of its existence. Founded in 1975, Institute is envisioned 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 5th Dr. K. M. Bhat Memorial award was given to Ms. Smitha K. John, Agricultural Officer, Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala. Her doctoral work on “Impact of organic carbon matter management strategy on sequestration of soil carbon and productivity of teak plantations on utisols in Kerala”, publications and their social relevance, won her the award.

Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award 2014

The Dr. C. Chandrasekharan Memorial Award for innovative Research in Conservation of Forests is awarded to Sandeep Das and Dr. V. P Thomas. The award instituted in memory of former KFRI Director Dr. C. Chandrasekharan, an expert in tropical forestry, carries a purse of Rs. 40000, a gold medal and a certificate each. Sandeep Das, Junior Research Fellow at KFRI shares the Award with V.P Thomas, Assistant Professor at Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta.
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