Facilities

MICROSCOPY ROOM


 
Sl. No. Model Type Year of Purchase & Approx. Cost Magnification Purpose for which it is used Attachments
1. Leica DMRBE microscope with image analyzer Trinocular 1996
5.0 lakhs
6 x  (X)
100 x
Image analyzing of pollens P-3 Computer, Leica camera with 10 X zoom lens.
2 Nikon-Optiphot Fluorescent and Phase contrast Compound 1992 10 x  (X)
100 x
analyzing of pollens Camera UFDX – DX, Filters UV 2A, B2A, opti zoom, mercury lamp holder, UV transmission fitting
3 Nikon – SM2 Stereo Microscopes 1996
5.0 lakhs
10 x (X)
1x
Image analyzing of pollen parts Camera UFX - DX, Cold light system, 5X, 10X , 20X lens.
4. Leica Wild MPS 52 Binocular 1993
1, 27, 936
10 x (X)
40 x
To examine the insect pest and diseases, specimens of plant materials Leica Camera and CCTV, 5X, 10X, 20X, 40 x and 100 X lens
5. Leica M4 20 Stereo Microscopes 1991
1,82,782
10 x (X)
1x
Insect morphology and pathology studies Wild Camera  M420
6. Leica
Bio med 
Binocular 1993
1304.00DM
10 x  (X)
100x
VAM spore identification No attachments
7 Wild model M 32 zoom stereomicroscope Stereo Microscopes 1993
5810 SFR
10x – 21 x For counting microbial colonies No attachments
8 Leitz Microscope Compound 1994 10 x (X)
1x
For counting microbial colonies No attachments
9. Phase contrast Microscope
Nikon
Compound 1995
4,25,000
10 x  (X)
100 x
For microscopic studies of seeds Nikon FM 2 Camera

NURSERY

  • A model nursery complex with an annual production capacity of 5 lakh planting stock, with a complete array of modern vegetative propagation structures viz., Green House, Shade House, Mist Chamber as well as low cost poly tunnels and captive clone banks of Azadirachta indica, Tamarindus indica, Casuarina equisetifolia andEmblica officinalis functions under the division.
  • The various field stations of IFGTB located at Panampally & Walayar in Kerala and at Salem & Coimbatore for housing Institute’s field trials are being managed by the Forestry Land Use and Climate Change Division.


VEGETATIVE PROPAGATION COMPLEX

The Vegetative Propagation complex, situated in the IFGTB Campus spread in about 9792 square meters, it consists of shade house (961 Sq. m), mist chambers (4 no.) one walk-in-poly tent, poly tunnels and water treatment plant. The facility is utilized for hardening of tissue culture raised plants and clonal propagation of mandatory tree species like Casuarinas, Eucalypts, Teak, Bamboos and some medicinal plants.  Germplasm collections for Casuarina, acacia hybrids, eucalyptus and bamboos are available.

GLASS HOUSE CUM NET HOUSE

The glass cum net house has the following structures such as (a) Ante room, (b) Preparation room and (c) Maintenance room. The total area of the glass cum net house is 15 m x 7.5 m.

The main objectives of the glass house are to carry out pathological studies under controlled conditions (free from any contaminations) and also pure culturing and maintenance of various Biofertilizers including VAM fungi. The following experiments can be conducted in the glass house:

  • Conducting pathogenicity tests i.e., to test the pathogens isolated from the diseased samples for confirming their pathogenic virulence.
  • In vitro screening of seedlings, saplings, clonal materials etc against the targeted plant pathogens under controlled conditions.
  • Pure culture production of VAM fungi using suitable host cover crops and maintenance of the same.
  • Mass multiplication of different VAM fungi using suitable carrier materials and host plants.
  • Evaluation of efficacy of different VAM fungi on growth improvement of various tree species in controlled conditions.
  • Evaluation of efficacy of different Ectomycorrhizal fungi on growth improvement of various tree species in controlled conditions.

MIST CHAMBERS

Mist chambers and poly tunnels are being utilized for maintaining ambient humidity and temperature for rooting of cuttings of Eucalyptus, Casuarina, Bamboos and medicinal plant species. The facility is also utilized for ex-vitro rooting of tissue-cultured plants of Bamboos and other species. There are 5 mist chambers with following

dimensions.

Size      31.5     Sq.m:   1 No.
24.75   Sq.m:   3 Nos.
18.00   Sq.m    1 No.



SEED BANK