Wood Properties and Uses (WPU) Division (Erstwhile Timber Utilization Branch) was created in the Institute when ICFRE was setup in 1988. The vision of the division is to achieve excellence in research, development and transfer of technology in wood properties for better and appropriate end uses for conservation of natural resources. The division is working on creation of database on anatomical, physical and mechanical properties of lesser known and plantation grown timbers for their improved utilisation and value addition, classification and grading of timber for different end uses, finding uses for lops and tops, wood properties as a tool for tree improvement, wood waste for value addition, development of testing methods for wood and wood products and disseminating the research findings on wood properties. Thus the division is involved in development and transfer of technology in wood properties for better and appropriate end uses for conservation of natural resources.

  • Physical & Mechanical properties of timbers (including bamboos and palms)
  • New testing methods for timber and timber products
  • Assessment of wood quality traits in tree selection
  • Wood identification and wood anatomical assessment
  • Evaluation of wood properties and products quality assessments
  • Wood coatings, weathering, protection
  • Chemical and thermal modification of wood, impregnation modification

  1. Wood Wood Anatomy
    • Wood structure for identification
    • Studies on anatomical variations
    • Clonal wood quality parameters
    • Anatomy of CPCs of bamboo
    • Histo-chemistry of Bamboo - before, during and after flowering
    • Histo-chemistry vis-a-vis coffee stem borer
    • Wood quality traits for species improvement
    • Wood anatomy and archaeology
  2. Wood Properties & Uses
    • Wood quality properties of plantation timbers
    • Effect of spiral grain on wood quality
    • Electrical properties of lesser known and plantation timbers
    • Acoustical properties of wood
    • Non-destructive testing of wood and wood products
    • Wood quality properties of hybrids
    • Wood composites - LVL
    • Fracture mechanics - wood 7
    • Alternate timbers for packing cases
    • Wood bending - Coconut wood
    • Bamboo properties before, during and after flowering -
    • Computer assisted wood identification
    • Wood handicraft - traditional and alternate timbers
  3. Dendrochronology and wood quality
  4. Xylarium

  1. Anatomical approach to evaluate treat ability of timbers.
  2. Evaluation of strength properties of the wood and wood products in use by using ultrasonic method.
  3. Utilization of Bambusa bambos (L.) and Dendrocalamus strictus (Roxb.) as an alternative of wooden dunnage pallets
  4. Comparative study of clones of Eucalypts and Acacia hybrid for handicraft sector.
  5. Enhancing dimensional stability and durability of wood for flooring application by eco-friendly thermal processing.
  6. Effect of treatment with micronized copper preservative on the strength, treatability and durability of selected wood species

  1. Studies on acoustical behaviour of plantation timbers for musical instruments and wall paneling.
  2. Investigations on tree ring analysis of certain species in Western ghats to monitor climate changes and its relevance to wood quality.
  3. Study of Anatomy and properties of lesser known timbers of North-eastern States of India with particular reference to Nagaland.
  4. Processing and evaluation of plantation grown Simaruba glauca DC from Orissa.
  5. Detection of natural and biological defects in timber by non-destructive testing techniques.
  6. Studies on utilization aspects of plantation grown Acacia mangium Willd. from Orissa.
  7. Evaluation of wood quality of Eucalyptus clones and plantation grown Gevillea robusta A. Cunn. based on spiral grain.
  8. Evaluation of culm quality before, during and after flowering in bamboo (Bambusa bambos, Dendrocalamus strictus) species.
  9. Studies on fracture mechanics in solid wood and wood composites using acoustic emissions.
  10. Assessment of wood quality of Tectona grandis (teak) clones from Thithimathi (Karnataka) and Andhra Pradesh.
  11. Characterization and identification of imported timbers available in the timber markets and sea ports.
  12. Evaluation of wood quality parameters of plantation grown Eucalyptus citriodora for different end uses.
  13. Assessment of wood quality of Simarouba glauca for its timber value.
  14. Use of sonic and ultrasonic testing techniques to evaluate wood strength of plantation species - A non-destructive test method.
  15. Assessment of wood quality (Anatomical) of 8-10 year old Acacia auriculaeformis and Acacia mangium hybrids.
  16. Study of anatomical, physical and mechanical properties of plantation grown timber Acacia mangium, A. auriculaeformis, Tecomella undulata and Eucalyptus tereticornis clones.
  17. Evaluation of physical and mechanical properties of Acacia hybrids.
  18. Development and popularization of packing boxes of plantation growth timbers from South India for Horticulture produces.
  19. Plasticsation of palm and bamboo.
  20. Wood Quality parameters for improving planting stock of Bambusa arundinacea, dendrocalamus strictus and Pseudooxytenananthera stocksii.
  21. Production of reconstituted wood products/wood composites-laminated veneer lumber (LVL) from different plantation grown timber species and to study their different physical and mechanical properties.
  22. Relationship of the wood properties of coppice plantation grown Eucalyptus species.
  23. Development of software for calculating the properties- CALPRO.
  24. Wood quality parameters for improving planting stock for Gmelina arborea.
  25. Studies on influence of microfibril angle and spiral grains in wood on the strength properties of plantation grown timbers (Eucalyptus spp.)

Sl No Name of the Tests Charges *
1 Identification of wood
Sample size: 50x50x150 mm
Rs.10,000/- per sample
2 Identification of wood (Police enquiry)
Sample size: 50x50x150 mm
Rs.20,000/- per sample
3 Authentification of Red sanders wood based on santalin content and anatomical features
Sample size: 50x50x150 mm
Rs.20,000/- per sample
4 Physical tests
(Specific Gravity/Density of Wood, Moisture Content, Shrinkage):
Sample size: 20x20x60 mm (density)
Sample size: 20x20x25 mm (moisture)
Sample size: 20x20x60 mm (shrinkage)
(Moisture samples should be properly sealed / wrapped in polythene)
Rs.2,000/- per sample
5 Mechanical Tests
(Static Bending, Compression Parallel to Grain, Compression Perpendicular to Grain, Tension Parallel to Grain, Tension Perpendicular to Grain,Hardness, Shear, Nail Holding Power, Screw Holding Power)
Sample size: 20x20x300 mm (Static Bending)
Sample size: 20x20x80 mm (Comp. Parallel)
Sample size: 20x20x100 mm (Comp. Per.)
Sample size: 50x07x325 mm (Tension Parallel)
Sample size: 50x50x56 mm (Tension Per.)
Sample size: 50x50x150 mm (Hardness)
Sample size: 50x50x62.5 mm (Shear)
Sample size: 50x50x150 mm (Nail Holding)
Sample size: 50x50x150 mm (Screw Holding)
Rs.3,000/- per sample
Consultancies :
A Consultancies for routine matters at headquarter
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 2,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 300/- per day
B Consultancies at outside station by inviting Scientist/Staff
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 2,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 500/- per day

* The testing charges can be paid either in 'CASH' or through 'Demand Draft' drawn in favour of the DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF WOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, payable at BANGALORE.
The amount can also be paid in the bank as per following details

  1. Account Holder's Name: Director
  2. Bank Name & Branch: Union Bank of India, Malleshwaram 11th Cross, Bangalore
  3. Account Number: 392002010004883
  4. IFS Code: UBIN0539201
The copy of receipt from Bank should be sent to the Director, Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Malleshwaram along with testing requisition letter and samples.

The Division has the following facilities and equipments for rendering services to user industries and Government and non-government organisations:

  1. Testing of timber and timber products for determining the strength properties.
  2. Identification of timber
  3. Workshop for processing wood samples for various experiments.

The division is well equipped with
  1. Universal Testing Machine (50 kN and 100kN)
  2. Impact Bending Machine
  3. Near Infrared Spectrophotometer (NIRS)
  4. Setup for measuring acoustical properties of wood
  5. FFT Analyzer
  6. Thermal Conductivity Apparatus
  7. Electrical Conductivity Apparatus
  8. Ultrasonicl Wood Tester
  9. Compound Research Microscope with Photographic Equipment
  10. Image Analysis System
  11. Wood Microtome
  12. CCTV Camera with Monitor
  13. Hot Air Oven
  14. Wood Workshop

Wood Processing (WP) Division has been working to find appropriate technologies for value addition to non-durable timbers from plantations and other secondary timbers. These include studies on drying behavior and finding appropriate seasoning techniques for plantation grown timbers, permeability of wood, development and assessment of wood preservatives and their treatment techniques, techniques for overcoming residual growth stresses in logs, chemical modification of wood, weathering of wood and its protection, and development of wood polymer composites.

  • Wood drying technologies
  • Wood polymer composites and utilization of recycled plastics and wood waste
  • Cellulose, nano-cellulose filled and other biodegradable composites
  • Engineered wood/bamboo composites for structural and non-structural uses
  • Development of wood adhesives
  • Utilization of wood waste
  • Wood Protection

  • Currently we are running following research projects
  • Effect of particle size on properties of wood filled polypropylene composites
  • Studies on influence of microwave treatment on drying characteristics and treatability of wood.
  • Studies on durability of treated and untreated timbers of selected species.
  • Performance of coatings on modified wood surfaces.
  • Study on the morphology and properties of natural fiber filled polypropylene composites (NFPPC).
  • Studies on the permeability of selected imported timbers marketed in Karnataka.

  1. Seasoning method for cottage scale timber industry.
  2. Rationalizing kiln drying schedule for timbers.
  3. Development of conversion and processing techniques.
  4. Development of Seasoning and Preservation Techniques for Bamboo and Rattans.
  5. Effect of repeated cycles of wetting & drying.
  6. Studies on forced air drying of plantation grown timbers.
  7. Studies on drying behaviour of timber used for handicrafts.
  8. Modification in existing design of solar drying kiln to improve energy efficiency.
  9. Studies on Drying Characteristics of Plantation Timbers in Dehumidifier Drying Kiln.
  1. Studies on the permeability of hardwood species grown in regions of Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.
  2. Preservative treatment technique for Eucalypts.
  3. Preservative treatment of bamboo sap displacement method.
  4. Studies on leaching of preservatives.
  5. Field trials of treated timber.
  6. Efficacy of Wood Preservatives.
  7. Efficacy of preservative for enhancing durability of timber.
  8. Development of alternative preservatives of more economic value and schedules for their incorporation in wood.
  9. Evaluation of Ammonia based Preservatives against Indian Termites.
  10. Effect of temperature, humidity and pH on CCB fixation in wood.
  11. Studies on the drying behaviour of timbers used for handicrafts.
  12. Chemical modification of wood.
  13. Studies on chemical modification of wood by vapour phase treatments.
  14. Studies on the gas permeability of secondary species of timber.
  15. Influence of pre-treatment technique on the treatability of hardwood from Karnataka.
  16. Performance and evaluation of selected bamboo species treated by modified Boucherie process.
  17. Studies on the permeability of hardwood species grown in regions of Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.
  18. Evaluation of treatability of selected refractory species of timber.
  1. Investigation on the effect of growth stresses in processing of timber from plantations.
  2. A rapid and non-destructive technique for estimating growth strains in trees and logs.
  3. Study the variability in grown stresses in clones of Eucalyptus.
  1. Performance evaluation of wood coating systems.
  2. Analysis of wood and its constituents by florescence & FTIR Spectroscopic technique a non destructive tool for rapid characterization of wood.
  3. Weathering of wood surfaces.
  4. Characterization and quantitative analysis of decayed wood by fluorescence and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy.
  1. Wood fibers in thermoplastic composites.
  2. Studies on lignin filled thermoplastic composites.
  3. Biocomposites from Engineered Natural Fibers Funding Agency.
  4. Polymerization filled composites.
  5. Wood-fibre plastic composite foams with improved cell morphology by continuous process.
  6. Development of bamboo fiber filled thermoplastic composites.
  1. Analytic studies on visco-elastic behaviour of wood and tree biomechanics.
  2. Studies on fiber formation in wood.
  3. Thermodynamics of Moisture Adsorption and Description in Wood.

Sl No Name of the Tests Charges *
1 Testing of wood preservatives/fire retardants (toxicity/performance): Laboratory tests against fungus Rs.5000/-
2 Preservative treatment Rs. 60/- cft + Chemical cost
3 Chemical analysis of wood and wood preservative (other than creosote) Rs.10,000/-
4 Chemical analysis of crosote/creosote treated wood Rs.4,000/-
5 Determination of penetration and retention of preservative in the treated wood Known: Rs. 10,000/-
Unknown: Rs. 10,000/-
6 Testing of wood preservatives/fire retardents Rs. 25,000/-
Rs. 10,000/-
Rs. 25,000/-
Rs. 45,000/-
US $ 10,000
7 Wood Polymer Composites Rs. 6000/- (5 samples/ batch/ test)
8 Proximate analyzer Rs. 3000/- (per sample)
9 Specific information by post Rs. 500/-
Consultancies :
A Consultancies for routine matters at headquarter
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 1,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 300/- per day
B Consultancies at outside station by inviting Scientist/Staff
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 2,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 500/- per day

The division has the following facilities and expertise for rendering services to user industry and Government and non-government organisations:

  1. Preservative treatment plants (04 Nos)
  2. Ammonia plasticization Unit
  3. Dehumidification based wood dryer
  4. Microwave dryer
  5. Atlas CI 4000 Weatherometer
  6. Atlas Xenotest 150S
  7. Premeability measuring equipment
  8. Pilodyn wood tester
  9. Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
  10. Spectrofluorometer
  11. Twin-screw extruder
  12. Torque Rheometer
  13. Injection moulding machine
  14. 10 kN Universal Testing Machine
  15. Stress Wave Timer
  16. High Pressure Reactor
  17. Melt Flow Index equipment
  18. Gel Permeation chromatography (GPC)

  1. Dr. K.K. PandeyScientist-G & Head of the Division
  2. Sri. Ritesh Kumar D. Ram Scientist-E
  3. Dr. K.T. Chandrashekar, Chief Technical officer
  4. Mrs. C.N. Vani, Assistant Chief Technical officer
  5. Sri. N. Chandrashekar, Assistant Chief Technical officer
  6. Mrs. Mamatha Ravindra, Technical Officer
  7. Sri. N. Mouneshappa,  Technical Officer
  8. Mr. V. Krishna, Senior Technical Assistant
  9. Sri. B.J. Dhanunjaya, Technician
  10. Sri. P. Umesha, LDC
  11. Sri. N. Manjunatha, MTS

For further information, Please contact:
The Head
Wood Processing Division
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Malleshwaram
Bengaluru-560 003 (India)
E-Mail: wsp_iwst@icfre.org
Ph: 080-22190180; 080-22190175

Biodeterioration of wood was the topic of intense research from many decades in the erstwhile institute at Bangalore and many regional centers of the FRI, forming the earliest forestry research subject which ignited minds of researchers and managers of Indian Forestry. The Wood Biodegradation Division established with the formation of the Institute of Wood Science and Technology has been assigned the task of studying the diversity, occurrence, ecology and bionomics of insect pests and diseases, in nurseries, forests and plantations, which adversely affect the growth and productivity of trees, especially timber. Timber is an ideal constructional material for different structures under terrestrial and marine conditions. However, it is susceptible to rapid deterioration by a variety of organisms. Hence, protection of living vegetation and wood from biodeterioration has been the priority area for research in Wood Biodegradation Division. Being a centre of excellence in Coastal and Mangrove Research, the division has also the mandate to conduct research on mangroves and coastal forests. Healthy forests for a Wealthy India is our slogan.

  • Diseases and insect pests of nurseries, plantations and forests and their integrated management
  • Bioprospecting bioinoculants and beneficial microbes/insects for plant productivity enhancement, industrial use, bioremediation and livelihood generation
  • Microbial/insect biodiversity and effect of climate change on pathological and entomological problems, including biotechnologies interventions
  • Biodegradation and bio-deterioration of wood
  • Natural durability of wood
  • Provide plant quarantine and other service with respect to forestry species involving pathological and entomological expertise

  1. Laboratory testing for the assessment of the durability of timbers against powder post beetles – standardization and evaluation.
  2. Studies on the natural resistance of imported woods against insects and decay fungi in Indian environment.
  3. Studies on age related durability of plantation-grown timbers.
  4. Seed infestation by insects among the emergent rainforest canopies at Makutta.
  5. Studies on the insect pest and disease problems of sandal under cultivation and their management.
  6. Insect-plant relationships with special reference to herbivory in the mangroves of South India.
  7. Development, Augmentation of efficacy and improvement of dissemination systems of Metarhizium based mycoinsecticide for the management of major pests in forest plantations and nurseries.
  8. Investigations on Microsporidia affecting major Lepidopteran pests of important forest trees of South India and their prospects as bio-control agents.
  9. IWID- ,“Indian Wood Insect Database-a Database on diversity of indigenous and exotic wood insects/pests in India.
  10. Development of Package of Practices for the management of powderpost beetles in ITC timber yards.
  11. Phosphine as fumigant to control the insect pests in logs, chips and sawn boards.
  12. Development of package of practices for the management of teak heart wood borer, Alcterogystia cadambae (Moore).
  13. Bioecology, damage potential and management of gall formers of pongamia pinnata (l.) Pierre.
  14. Investigations on the fungi and insects associated with fruits and seeds of selected endemic trees of Western ghats.
  15. Improvement of planting stock of forestry species using eco- friendly AM fungi.
  16. Need for conserving forest canopies – assessing the diversity of canopy insects in the Western Ghats.

  1. Investigations on the biology, ecology, frequency and distribution of biodeteriorating agencies under marine conditions.
  2. Natural resistance of timbers against bio-deterioration under marine conditions.
  3. Assessment of efficacy of preservatives in treated timber against biodeterioration (under marine conditions).
  4. Assessment of service life of treated timber structures under marine conditions.
  5. Use of biogenic compounds in control of biodeterioration
  6. Environmental implications of biodeterioration control measures
  7. Distribution and intensity of bioteriorating organisms under marine conditions
  8. Efficacy of indigenous preservatives and methods for the protection of under water timber structures
  9. Investigations on the ecology, frequency and distribution of biodeteriorating agencies under land conditions.
  10. Natural resistance of timbers against biodeterioration by termites, insects and fungi under terrestrial conditions.
  11. Control of biodeterioration with the help of wood extractives, water borne preservatives other plant derivatives, bioactive substances and biological agencies
  12. Comparative efficacy and economics pf water borne preservatives with susceptible timber species
  13. Studies on prophylactic treatments for susceptible timbers against insect borers, termites and wood decaying fungi
  14. Studies on durability of different timber and timber products against biodeterioration under marine conditions
  15. Studies on biodeterioration of mangrove and coastal vegetation
  16. Studies on insect pests of nurseries, plantations and natural forests and their control.
  17. Studies of insect pest problems of timber in storage,building materials and other structures and its control.
  18. Studies on disease of seedlings in nurseries, plantations and natural forests
  19. Studies on Biofertiliser
  20. Natural durability of different timbers and timber products against decay under terrestrial conditions.
  21. Natural durability of different timbers and timber products against decay under terrestrial conditions.
  22. Development of protocol for rearing wood borer larvae.
  23. Studies on termite problems on trees and timber and development testing facilities.
  24. Conservation and management of Coondapur mangroves, Karnataka
  25. Investigations on the potential of medicinal and aromatic plants as a source of botanical insecticides.
  26. Studies on Entomofauna of mangroves of Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.
  27. The role of biofertiliser in ecorestoration of problematic site like mine reject soil in Goa.
  28. Control of biodeterioration of wood with the help of eco-friendly preservatives and bioactive substances on staining and decay fungi under terrestrial conditions.
  29. Biosystematic studies on parasitoid complex of sandal coccids and their utilization in biological control .
  30. Studies on teak heartwood borer Alcterogystia (cossus) cadambae Moore and its management.
  31. Impact of disturbance on canopy insect biodiversity: an assessment of forest health.
  32. Studies on the sucking pest complexes of Sandal and their management.
  33. Role of Fungi biodeterioration of timber under marine conditions.
  34. IInvestigations on resistance of commercially available bamboo species in Karnataka to insect borers, termites and fungi and their protection.
  35. Insect fauna of the mangroves along Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh coast
  36. Studies on the diversity of the Aleyrodid (Aleyrodidae: Homoptera) fauna of south Western Ghats
  37. Bioinvasion, SPS measures and import of wood and wood products into India.
  38. Introspection into the phytosanitary procedures for storage of forest seeds in Karnataka.
  39. Studies on field incidence of tea mosquito bug Helopeltis antonii Sign. On neem trees in Karnataka and its management.
  40. Community ecology of a detritus system: Insects and fungi associated with fallen trees in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
  41. Studies on the entomofaunal diversity and their interactions in selected provenances of sandal.

Sl No Name of the Tests Charges *
1 Training and Demonstration programmes are conducted on nursery pest and disease management, AM fungi as biofertiliser in field of forestry and its advantages in forestry programmes and wood biodegradation and protection.
2 Identification of causal organism and suggesting remedial measures for the insect/fungal infections of wood in service and pest/ pathological problems of the nursery & plantations of forest species.
3 Testing the efficacy of commercial wood preservatives against wood pathogens, wood insect pests including termites and powder post beetles.
4 Identification of wood pathogens and supply of fungal cultures to various Institutes.
5 Authentic identification of whiteflies affecting forestry species.
6 Specific information by post Rs. 500/-
Consultancies :
A Consultancies for routine matters at headquarter
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 1,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 300/- per day
B Consultancies at outside station by inviting Scientist/Staff
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 2,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 500/- per day

The division has the following facilities and expertise for rendering services to user industry and Government and non-government organisations:

  • Authentic identification of biodeteriorating agents (insects, fungi, marine borers and foulers)
  • Package of practices available for raising and maintaining nurseries and establishing plantations.,
  • Protection of trees from pests and diseases in nurseries and plantations.
  • In-situ treatment of trees to protect the timber from fungal and insect borer attack on timber in storage.
  • Control of fungal and borer attack on timber in structures and products.
  • Testing the durability of timber under terrestrial and marine conditions.
  • Evaluation of bio-efficacy of wood preservatives and chemicals against wood decaying fungi and insects.
  • Protection technology for use of wood under marine environment.
  • Maintenance of wood deteriorating fungal cultures for bio assay.
  • Application of biofertilizers for better growth of forestry species in stress conditions.
  • Training programmes on Tree Protection Method and application of Biofertilizers.
  • Protection and management of mangrove ecosystems from biodeterioration.
  • Advice on timber utilisation for catamaran, other fishing crafts and marine structures.
  • The Institute's laboratories are well equipped with (a) Biochamber for Entomological studies.
  • A shore laboratory for studies on marine wood biodeterioration at Vishakhapatnam has been established under World Bank aided Project. Additional land of 40 ha. has been acquired in Karnataka for establishment of germplasm bank, provenance, progeny trials, multiplication garden and seed orchards. A new ICFRE Research Centre with assistance from World Bank on a 100 acres land is being established at Hyderabad.

  1. Dr. R. Sundararaj, Scientist-G & Head of the Division
  2. Dr. Muthukumar Arunachalam, Scientist-E
  3. Sri. Raja Rishi, Scientist-D
  4. Sri. N.R. Raveendra Prasad, Senior Technical Officer
  5. Ms. N. Mamatha, Technician
  6. Ms. U.R. Nalini, Technician
  7. Ms. P. Shanthi, Steno Gr. I
  8. Sri. A. N. Manjunath, MTS

For further information, Please contact:
The Head
Forest and Wood Protection Division
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Malleshwaram
Bengaluru-560 003 (India)
E-Mail: wsp_iwst@icfre.org
Ph: 08022190154

Silviculture and Forest Division (SFM) division has been working towards the goal of improved productivity of selected species, quality of planting stock and conservation of germplasm. The Division works on the improvement of planting stock both through traditional and biotechnological methods. The Division strives for improvement in quality of seed through establishment of Seed Production Areas, Seedling Seed Orchards and Clonal Seed Orchards. The Division establishes Vegetative Multiplication Gardens as a source of genetically improved clonal planting material.The Division has developed Modern Nursery Practices and Macro-propagation Protocols for the important tree and bamboo species. Bio-technological tools are employed for the development/refinement of protocols for the rapid and mass production of clonal planting material of plus trees/clone/superior genotypes for clonal forestry. Molecular marker based studies are carried out to access genetic fidelity of micro-propagated plants. Seed handling and storage studies are focused on important tree species. Agro-forestry models are being developed on sandal and bamboo species for validation and wider adoption.

  • Genetic improvement for enhancement of productivity and quality of forest and commercially important tree species
  • Developing breeding and production populations through provenance, progeny and clonal trials
  • Exploration, in-situ and ex-situ conservation of forest germplasm. Recovery of endangered species through biotechnological interventions
  • Genetic variability in traits of economic importance and genetic diversity in populations
  • Biotechnological tools for genetic improvement of trees of commercial importance
  • Plant physiology aspects of forestry species

Sl No Name of the Tests Charges *
1 Provide information to end users for raising of quality sandal seedlings in nursery and establishment of plantations of sandal and bamboo.
2 Providing seeds and seedlings of sandal and bamboo.
3 Hands on training in plant biotechnology
4 Project work for B. Sc. & M. Sc. Plant biotechnology students.
5 Specific information by post
Consultancies :
A Consultancies for routine matters at headquarter
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 1,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 300/- per day
B Consultancies at outside station by inviting Scientist/Staff
  1. Scientist
  2. Supporting staff
  1. Rs. 2,000/- per day
  2. Rs. 500/- per day

The division has the following facilities and expertise for rendering services to user industry and Government and non-government organisations:

  • Tissue Culture Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Seed Technology Laboratory
  • Soil & Plant Analysis Laboratory
  • Green houses
  • Shade House
  • Modern R & D and small Scale Production nursery facilities
  • Expertise
  • Tree Improvement
  • Seed Technology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Agroforestry
  • Silviculture
  • Genetics

  1. Sri. V.S. Shetteppanavar, IFS, APCCF & Head of the Division
  2. Dr. A.N. Arun Kumar , Scientist- F
  3. Dr. B.N. Diwakar, Scientist-E
  4. Sri. B.S. Chandrashekar, Scientist-E
  5. Dr. T.N. Manohara, Scientist-E
  6. Mrs. Mamatha Ravindra, Technical Officer
  7. Dr. N. Ravi, Scientist- E
  8. Dr. H.R. Prabuddha, Deputy Conservator of Forest
  9. Ms. Tresa Hamalton, Scientist- C
  10. Dr. M.V. Durai, Scientist -C
  11. Ms. K. Gayathri Devi, Senior Technical Officer
  12. Ms. Almas Khannam, Senior Technical Assistant,
  13. Ms. C.N. Sreedevi, Technician
  14. Sri. L. Manjunatha, Technician
  15. Ms. V. Bhanumathi, UDC

For further information, Please contact:
The Head
Silviculture and Forest Management Division
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Malleshwaram
Bengaluru-560 003 (India)
E-Mail: tip_iwst@icfre.org
Ph: 080-22190161; 08022190104

The Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Bangalore, one of the institutes of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, has the main mandate to transfer its technologies as the institute has developed various techniques. These technologies/techniques have been disseminated through research papers, seminars/workshops/conferences, media and personal contacts. However, in the absence of better linkages with users, the impact of research results has been sub optimal. In fact, few efforts were made earlier for extension of research results like communication with state forest departments. With the launch of World Bank funded Forestry Research, Education and Extension Project (FREEP), a much-needed Extension Directorate came into existence in 1994-95 in ICFRE.

  • Development of effective and innovative/extension methodologies, strategies and extension material for dissemination of research findings and technology packages of the Institute/council to stakeholders
  • Lab to land extension of research findings and technologies through VVKs, demo-villages and KVKs, radio & TV talk shows, melas, exhibitions, museum etc.
  • Support to other research divisions in filing of patents, technology transfers, MoUs, maintenance and legal issues of IPRs, marketing of technologies and other IPR related issues
  • Promotion and facilitation of partnerships, networking and collaboration with other institutions, industry and organizations
  • Developing human resource through training and capacity building programmes

The extension wing of IWST, Bangalore has got expertise in preparing extension material like literature, video films, conducting demonstration programmes etc. The extension wing of IWST, Bangalore has brought out about 25 brochures and 10 pamphlets and prepared 7 video films on various topics which are of interest to the end users. The extension staff is now in a position to design and prepare the extension material keeping the end users in mind. The Institute has developed and strengthened linkages with Forest Departments, Agricultural universities and other organizations which will be helpful in disseminating the information to end users
The extension methodologies presently adopted are through demonstration in the field, through extension materials like films, videos, brochures, handouts and exhibition through workshops, seminars and conferences and by personal contacts. The choice of methodology depends upon the nature of technology and the client group.

  1. Students from Schools, Colleges and Universities; Forest Rangers Training College; State Forest Service College have visited the Institute to familiarize themselves with activities of the Institute.
  2. Arrange and provided material for press meets.
  3. Regular meetings with farmers organized in connection with establishment of Vana Vigyan Kendra in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa and adoption of village for establishing same as model village. Quality seedling and seeds will be distributed to the farmers.
  4. Conduct Seminars/ Workshops on topics relevant to Forestry and Wood Science.
  5. Demonstration of Forestry and Wood Science Technologies in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.
  6. Publication of publicity material

Formulation of extension strategies and development of Research Extension Linkages.

Program to provide (a) technical support and (b) generate public awareness:

  1. Extension of technology
  2. Film production
  3. Contract printing
  4. Extension supplies
  5. Technical bulletins
  6. Exhibition/Seminar
  7. Extension Support Fund

The states under the jurisdiction of the institute where in Van Vigyan Kendras have been established are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa. The Nodal officer from the institute is Extension Officer.

Kadugodi - Forest Technical and Administrative Training Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka
Name of Nodal Officer:
Deputy Conservator of Forests (Training)
Forest Technical and Administrative Training Institute
Whitefield, Kadugodi

Dulapally – Forest Research Centre, Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradseh
Name of Nodal Officer:
Chief Conservator of Forests (R)
Andhra Pradesh Forest Department

Satpal - Goa
Name of Nodal Officer:
Deputy Conservator of Forests
Research and Utilization Division
Margao - Goa


  • To disseminate technical knowledge to different user groups including farmers
  • To assist / help user groups to access technical know how of appropriate technologies based on research findings


  • To liaise with State Forest Departments to obtain basic infrastructure for VVks like building, fixtures, electric and water supply, land for nursery, and demonstration purposes etc.
  • To equip VVKs with appropriate literature of knowledge, skills and technologies
  • To take up capacity building of extension personnel of State Forest Departments to strengthen their extension mechanism and manning of VVKs in future.

The institute also conducts short term training courses to educate the people on topics related to wood science and forestry for transfer of few standardized technologies. This endeavour not only helps the beneficiaries but has also generated revenue to the institute for the training imparted. During the year 2007-08, eight training programs were organized and were attended by a total of 57 beneficiaries from different organizations.

  1. Dr. S.K. Sharma, Scientist - G and Head
  2. Dr. Ritesh Tailor, Scientist - D
  3. Dr. K.T. Chandrashekar, Chief Technical officer
  4. Ms. P.R. Triveni, Assistant Technical Officer
  5. Ms. Shalini P. Rao, Assistant Chief Technical officer
  6. Sri. R. Nagaraj, Technical Officer
  7. Sri. B.M. Chandrasen, Technician
  8. Sri. B.J. Dhananjaya, Technician
  9. Mrs. S. Hemamalini, Stenographer Gr I

For further information, Please contact:
Extension Officer
Extension Support Division
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Malleshwaram
Bengaluru-560 003 (India)
E-Mail: extension_iwst@icfre.org
Ph: 080-22190198, 208, 151

  • Information Technology
  • Purchase and Procurement
  • Estate Officer and Campus maintenance
  • Vehicle , guest house
  • Other Support Services and Facilities

Information Technology

  • Dr. H.R. Prabuddha, Deputy Conservator of Forest and Head of Facilities and Services Division
  • Sri. V. Soundararajan, Scientist-C and In-charge Officer
  • Sri. P. Manohar, Technician

Estate Officer (Campus maintenance /Security)

  1. Dr. K.T. Chandrashekar, CTO & Campus In-Charge
  2. Sri. Raju Thomas, Deputy Ranger
  3. Sri. Narayanaswamy, MTS
  4. Sri. V.G. Venkatesha Murthy, MTS
  5. Sri. N. Majunatha, MTS
  6. Sri. A.N. Manjunatha, MTS
  7. Mr. M. Prashanth, MTS
  8. Sri. Bande Nawaz, MTS

LIbrary Section

  • Smt. M. Sujatha Mathad, Library Information Assistant

Store Section

  • Sri. N. Chandrashekar,ACTO & Store Officer
  • Mr. M. Rajesh Kumar , Store Keeper
  • Sri. B. Beerappa, LDC

Vehicle Section

  • Ms. S. Bhavani, Steno Gr. I
  • Ms. M. Mamatha, Technician
  • Sri. S. Megaraj, Driver Gr. I
  • Sri. B. Nagaraja, Driver Gr. I
  • Sri. L. Chandrashekar Rao, Driver Gr. II
  • Sri. T.R. Nagaraj, Driver Gr. II
  • Sri. Iqbal Khan, Driver (Ordinary)
  • Sri. Dinesh, MTS

Electrical Section

  • Sri. G. Narayana, Technical Officer
  • Sri. Anil Kumar , MTS

Guest House

  • Sri. N.R. Ravindra Prasad, Senior Technical Officer
  • Sri. D. Venkatesha, Technical Officer
  • Sri. N. Chandrashekar, MTS

For further information, Please contact:
The Head
Facilities and Services Division
Institute of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Malleshwaram
Bengaluru-560 003 (India)
E-Mail: prabhuddhahr@icfre.org
Ph: 080-22190107