Seed Bank

The institute has a well-established seed bank in order to facilitate ex-situ conservation of forestry seeds. In the perspective of biodiversity conservation and to conduct storage trials on seeds the seed bank is equipped with three walk-in store cool chambers for large-scale storage facility. A deep freezer and a refrigerator also serve as storagedevices for maintaining very low temperature ranges upto -5 C.

It is provided with equipments such as Gravity Separator, Ro-tap sieve shaker with test-sieves and Dacota type seed blower which help in seed cleaning and grading of various seed types. Sampling devices namely Boerner Sampler and Sample Divider aid in reducing the size of seed composite sample into submitted and working samples.

The seed bank also hosts a carpellarium that guides identification of different forest seeds originating from diverse forest types and helps in purity analysis.