Forest Health Forest Pathology

Forest Pathology

The Division maintains authentic collections of microbes and insects of Kerala forests and also of microbial pathogens of forest insects. Eco-friendly technologies are being developed to manage the pests, diseases and weeds in forest plantations, through biological means. Management of nursery and plantation diseases, diversity of plant pathogenic fungi in different forest ecosystems, VA and ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity and biological control of weeds are the main areas of research in Pathology Department.

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Maintenance of provenance trial plots of eucalypts and acacia and devlopment of new clones for establishment of Clonal Multiplication Area (CMA)
  2. Enrichment of microbial culture collections at KFRI
  3. Standardization for enhanced production of antagonistic principle by Bacillus subtilis and Streptomycete for the control of sapstain on rubber wood
  4. Influence of fungal disease on phytochemical composition of selected medicinal plants with special reference to secondart metabolites
  5. Plant growth promoting Rhizosphere and Rhizoplane Fungi of grasses and their ability to control important fungal diseases of forest nurseries
  6. BTSG - Plant growth promoting and bio control microbes for high quality bamboo planting stock production (R & D Project)

Ongoing Extension Projects

  1. Database on Fungi of India and Fungi recorded on Eucalyptus
  2. Enrichment of Microbial Culture collection at KFRI

Contact: Dr. TV Sajeev
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Peechi 680653, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA
Tel: +91-487-2690322
e-mail: pathology@kfri.res.in