Seed Technology Division
Seed storage methods were developed for RET species like Canarium strictum, Persea macrantha, Aristalochia tagala, Symplocos racemosa, Garcinia gummi-gatta, Myristica dactyloides and Embelia ribes.
Seed production systems were established for teak, Eucalyptus, Acacias and neem.
Supply of fairly good quantity of quality seeds of Acacia auriculiformis, A. mangium, Casuarina equisetifolia, C. junghuhniana, Eucalyptus camaldulensis and E. tereticornis collected from the seed orchards established by this Institute to various user agencies such as farmers, state forest departments and paper industries. The demand for these seeds is increasing every years, as the yield from the plantations raised using these seeds is found to be 17% higher than the local variety.
Standardized post harvest techniques for Jatropha curcas, the biofuel plant. Trnansferred the technology developed to farmers, self help group and SFDs through trainings.
Developed species specific seed handling methods for four NTFP species namely, Calophyllum inophyllum, Sapindus emarginatus, Decalepis hamiltonii and Garcinia gummigutta. Imparted training on tese aspects to farmers and SFDs.
Selected superior trees of teak, multiplied clonally and established clone bank and clonal trials of teak. The best performing clones will be recommended for clonal forestry programme.
Evaluated the clonal seed orchards of teak for low seed production. Developed a method for mass multiplication of CSO seedlings for operational planting programme. Teak trials with improved planting stock of teak has been established.