Forest Entomology Lab

  • The entomology laboratory is equipped for research on documentation of insect pests of forest trees, ecology and control of insect pests. The department maintains an insect collection with more than 5,000 insects which serves as reference and is being integrated with the National Forest Insect Collection of FRI, Dehradun. Ongoing work in the laboratory includes identification of volatiles for management of teak and ailanthus defoliators, development of Pest Calendar for emerging key pests of forest trees of importance and standardisation of integrated pest management methods. Laboratory has facilities such as Insectary, Walk in Green Chamber and Glass House besides instruments like Stereozoom microscope, Rotary microtome and Environmental chamber.
  • The laboratory offer facilities for Doctoral scholars in addition to postgraduate interns.
  • Equipments available

    1. PERCIVAL - Environmental chamber
    2. Leica Binocular Macroscope
    3. Horizontal  LAMINAR FLOW
    4. BOD Incubator with RH factor
    5. PERCIVAL - Environmental chamber
    6. Hot Air Oven
    7. Electronic balance
    8. Digital pH meter
    9. Sipcon projection microscope
    10. Blue star walk-in cooling chamber
    11. Microtome
    12. Weighing Balance
    13. Heating Plate

    Services / Tests carried out

    Identification of key insect pests of important plantation forestry tree species.

    Diagnosis and characterization of insect problems of seeds, seedlings, wood and other plant materials.

    Cytological and histopathological studies relating to insects, plants and microbes.

    Isolation, characterization and identification of entomopathogenic microbes (Fungi, bacteria and virus).

    Bioassay of chemicals, plant derived products and biocontrol  agents against insect pests

    Characterization and evaluation of  Allelochemicals with reference to  insect- plant  interactions.