Forest Ecology & Climate Change
  Forest Protection
  Genetic & Tree Improvement
  Silviculture & Forest management
  Extension
 

FOREST PROTECTION DIVISION

 

Mandate

  • Development of economical and environmentally acceptable pest management strategies on seed, nursery, plantation and natural forest.
  • To evolve sound disease management strategies for enhancement of forest productivity. 

 Thrust Area

  • Undertake research on insect pests and diseases of important tree species of the region and to develop protocol for their management. 
  • To study the factors causing build up of insect pest and pathogen population on selected tree species and develop viable eco-friendly management practices.
  • To develop integrated insect pest and disease control models.
  • To develop methodologies and techniques to assess the incidence of damage caused by insect pest and pathogens in natural forest, nurseries and plantations.
  • Develop collaborative research for evolving insect pest and pathogen resistant phenotypes of selected tree species with the active support of the state forest department.
  • Investigate the queries on insect pest and disease problems raised by the state forest department, NGOs and farmers and to suggest management techniques of their control.
  • Establishment of infrastructure for insect pathology, biological control laboratory, insectary, insectarium and other emerging frontiers of forest protection.

 

Completed Projects: 

  A. Plan Projects:    

  1. Development of model for integrated pest management with special reference to Cedrus deodara (Roxb) G. Don. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Singh (April, 2000 to March, 2006) 
  2. Screening and selection of insect pest resistant phenotypes/ genotypes of important tree species. (Pinus roxburghii Sarg., Cedrus deodara (Roxb) G. Don  and Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.). PI: Dr. Ranjeet Singh  (April, 2000 to March, 2006) 
  3. Bio-ecological studies on Ectropis deodarae Prout. (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), A pest of deodar in the Western Himalayas. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Singh (April, 2002 to March, 2006)
  4. Natural enemy complex of key and potential pests of five Quercus spp. Of Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. S. Chakrabarti (April, 2003 to March. 2008)
  5. Survey, biology and control of important insect-pests of  medicinal plants of Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr.  Ranjeet Singh  (April, 2005 to March, 2010) 
  6. Management of insect borer complex in Chir-Pine forests. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Singh  (April, 2006 to March, 2012) 
  7. Survey and bioecology of potential insect-pests and pathogens of cone and seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar (april, 2008 to March, 2010)
  8. Management of Indian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria obfuscata) in Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. S. Chakrabarti (April, 2008 to March. 2013). 
  9. Management of insect-pests & pathogens of seeds of Pinus gerardiana Wall. in storage. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar (April, 2010 to March, 2013) 
  10. Productivity enhancement through selection of superior clones of Dalbergia sissoo (PSIP) PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar  (April, 2007 to March, 2013) 
  11. Study on the influence of climate on bionomics of Pityogenes scitus Blanford -(Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Singh  (April, 2011 to March, 2016) 
  12. Biology and management of insect pests of seeds of Juniperus polycarpos C. Koch and evaluating the insect-pests resistance performance in the nursery for three years. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar  (April, 2012 to March, 2015) 
  13. Studies on changing forest insect-pests status of high altitude transitional zones and their management in Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar  (June, 2016 to March, 2021)

 

  B. External Aided Projects

  1. Taxonomy, biodiversity and habitat association of Noctuid Moths (Lepidoptera:   Noctuidae) in various conifer forests of Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar (September, 2008 to March, 2012) 
  2. Taxonomy and molecular analysis (through RAPD-PCR) of Moths (Lepidoptera) of cold deserts (Spiti and Leh) of Indian Himalayas. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar  (April, 2012 to March, 2015) 
  3. Biological control of Thysanoplusia orichalsia (F) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): A potential insect- pest of Saussurea costus in North-Western Himalayas and extension of protection technology to local communities. PI: Dr. Ranjeet Singh  (November, 2013 to October, 2016)  
  4. Ecological studies on distribution patterns and food plant resources of butterflies along altitudinal gradients in different ecosystems of western Himalayan sub-alpine forests of Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar  (April, 2013 to November, 2016)    
  5. Bio-diversity, habitat associations and GIS Mapping of Noctuid Moths (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera) of Chir Pine forest of Jammu province (Jammu & Kashmir), India. PI: Dr. Subhash Chandra  (April, 2016 to March, 2019) 
  6. Conservation of Pinus gerardiana through mycorrhizal biotechnology. PI: Dr. Ashwani  Tapwal  (April, 2016 to March, 2019) 
  7. Studies on improving livelihood generation through scientific intervention in Pinus gerardiana wall. and important wild mushrooms in H.P. PI: Dr. Ashwani  Tapwal (October, 2017- February 2021)

  

Ongoing projects 

  A. Plan projects

  1. Studies on changing forest Insect-pests status of high altitude transitional zones and their management in Himachal Pradesh. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar  (Phase-II April, 2021 to March, 2023)  
  2. Studies on effect of AM Inoculations on the active ingredient contents and biomass production in Angelica glauca Edgew. and Valeriana jatamansi Jones. PI: Dr. Ashwani Tapwal (April, 2019 to  March, 2024)
  3. Insect pest of western Himalayan oaks and their control. PI: Dr. Pawan Kumar (October, 2019 to March, 2022)
  4. Study on impact of mycorrhizal inoculations on the growth and field performance of Abies pindrow and Picea smithiana. PI Dr. Ashwani Tapwal (April 2021 to March,2026)

  B. External Aided Projects        

  1.  Ecological monitoring and GIS Mapping of microlepidoptera diversity of deodar (Cedrus deodara) forests of Himachal Pradesh. PI Dr. Pawan Kumar (August 2019- August 2022)  

 C. AICRP Projects        

  1. All India coordinated research project on Dalbergia sissoo. PI. Dr. Ashwani Tapwal (Feb. 2020 to Dec. 2025)
  2. Development of Biopesticides products/formulations from extract of tree borne oil seeds and tissues of wild plants for management of pests. PI. Dr. Pawan Kumar (Dec. 2019 to Mar. 2024)
  3. Study of Climate driven effects on Indian forests through long term monitoring.  

                        Component -C – Pollinators  

                        Component –D- Mycology 

Major Equipments

S. No.

Name of Equipment

1.

Microscope Nikon E400

2.

PCR(Bench top)

3.

Electrophoresis(Bench top)

4.

Gel-Doc (Protein Simple)

5.

Microscope (LMI 3003276A) Leedz micra XZ-150wA-cold Light Illuminator

6.

Insect Activity Recorder

8.

Microscope Nikon SMZ1500

9.

Cooling centrifuge

10.

Insect Growth Chamber

11.

B.O.D. Incubator

12.

Insect Growth Chamber

13.

Laminar flow

14.

Insect incubator

15.

Leaf Area Meter

17.

CO2 Incubator

18.

Autoclave

19.

Deep freezer

20.

Ice flaker

 

  Man power

S. No

Name and Designation

Email

Contact no.

1.

Dr. Pawan Kumar, Scientist- E & Head of Division 

kumarp@icfre.org

(O) 0177-2816108

       0177-2816208

(M)  094180-55916

2.

Dr. Ashwani Tapwal, Scienitst -F

tapwala@icfre.org

(O) 0177-2816114

 (M)     094180-65960

3.

Sh. Akhil Kumar, Chief Technical Officer

akhilk@icfre.org

(O) 0177-2816144

(M)  82191-76923

4.

Ms. Neha Thakur, Technical Assistant

thakurn@icfre.org

(O) 0177-2816135

(M)  70118-44312

5.

Sh. Vipin Kumar, Senior Technician

vipink@icfre.org

(O) 0177-28161335

(M)  98056-75997

6.

Sh. Ramesh Chand Kainthla, Dy. Ranger

chandr@icfre.org

 (M)     70187-14876

7.

Sh. Subham Malviya, Forest Guard

maulvias @icfre.org

 (M)     70187-77873

 

 

Nursery: Field Research Station, Shillaru, Shimla

 

For further information, please contact:
 
Dr. Pawan Kumar, Scientist- E & Head of Division  Forest Protection Division
Email:        
kumarp@icfre.org
Phone:       
0177-2816108, Mobile No.: 094180-55916

 

Latest Updates


Information regarding availability of Quality Bamboo Seedlings of Lathi Bans (Dendrocalamus strictus) for sale at Small Bamboo Nursery Nalagarh. updated: 13.05.2022
A Report on Environmental cleanliness Awareness Programme at Karsog Mandi, HP. updated: 11.01.2023
A Report on Prakriti Program held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 11.01.2023
A Report on Scientific Management of Forest Fire Training at Bag Pashog by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness Programme on Agroforestry for Koti Villagers organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Forestry undergraduates student visit from College of Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University Gujrat. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness Programme on Impact of Climate change in the Himalayan Region organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.12.2022 
A Report on Hindi Karyshala organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness Programme on Agroforestry for Badagaon Villagers organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.12.2022 
A Report on MoU signed between HFRI, Shimla with YSPUHF Nauni, Solan. updated: 26.12.2022 
A Report on Training Program held at Jagatsukh, Manali by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 15.12.2022 
A Report on International Mountain Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 15.12.2022 
A Report of one day training on the Application of AM biofertilizers in organic cultivation of medicinal plants. updated: 15.12.2022 
A Report on Awareness programme on Sexual Harassment at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 12.12.2022 
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A Report on Constitution Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.11.2022 
A Report on Education/ Industrial Exposure visit of BSc Forestry students from FCRI Hyderabad. updated: 29.11.2022
A Report on Krishak Mela organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 21.11.2022
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A Report on Workshop on improving Research Writing held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Vigilance Week 2022 held at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
A Report on Fit India Freedom Run 3 organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 03.11.2022
A Report on Rashtriy Ekta Diwas organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 03.11.2022
A Report on Fit India Freedom Run organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 21.10.2022
A Report on Diwali Utsav Mela Exhibition of Products of (SHGs) at Ridge, Shimla. updated: 20.10.2022
A Report on visit of Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme Delegates to HFRI, Shimla. updated: 20.10.2022
A Report on Gandhi Jayanti organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 06.10.2022
A Report on DG ICFRE visit to Himachal Pradesh. updated: 27.09.2022
A Report on Exposure visit of DV Badagaon Villagers. updated: 27.09.2022
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A Report on Himalayan Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.09.2022
A Report on Hindi Diwas Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.09.2022
A Report on Prakriti Program held at Seema College, Rohru  by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 13.09.2022
A Report on Training Program held at Divisional Forest Office Kargil by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 06.09.2022
A Report on Training Program held at VVK Leh by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 23.08.2022
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A Report on Independence Day Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.08.2022
A Report on Camp Workshop at Badagaon organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 16.08.2022
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A Report on Rajbhasha Hindi Inspection. updated: 20.07.2022
A Training Report on awareness and livelihood of Bamboo by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 18.07.2022
A Report on Regional Research Conference at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 30.06.2022
A Report on International Yoga Day at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 28.06.2022
A Report on World Environment Day organised by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.06.2022
HFRI Newsletter Vol-1 No-1. updated: 19.05.2022
Information regarding availability of Quality Bamboo Seedlings of Lathi Bans (Dendrocalamus strictus) for sale at Small Bamboo Nursery Nalagarh. updated: 13.05.2022
A Report on International Yoga Day Countdown at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 10.05.2022
A Report on conservation and awareness programme on medicinal plants held on 21.04.2022 at Moolkoti panchayat, Mashobra , Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
A Report on Educational Visit of B.Sc. Agriculture Students of University of Agriculture Sciences, Riachur, Karnataka on 18.04.2022 at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
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A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 29.03.2022
A Report on one day training on forest fires organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 24.03.2022
A Report on one day training Programme for Shilaroo and Kot Villegers organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 21.02.2022
A Report on one day training Programme for Badagaon Villegers organised by HFRI Shimla.   updated: 21.02.2022
A Report on Bamboo Plantation near Badagaon Shimla.   updated: 19.01.2022
A Report on Webinar on Guidelines and Procedures for Clone/Variety release of Forestry Species at HFRI Shimla.   updated: 13.01.2022
A Report on Good Governance Week celebration at HFRI Shimla.   updated: 05.01.2022
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A Report on International Mountain Day celebration.   updated: 14.12.2021
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A Report on Awareness Programme and rally on no to single use plastic organized by HFRI. updated: 12.10.2021
A Report on Ozone Day celebration at HFRI.   updated: 22.09.2021
A Report on Himalayan Day celebration at HFRI.   updated: 15.09.2021
MoU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute and Career Point University. updated: 03.09.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Environment Awareness Programme for Villagers' organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 02.09.2021
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Report on 75th Independence Day celebration at HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
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A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 25.03.2021
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Proceeding of Monthly Seminar held on 26 February 2021. updated: 09.03.2021
MoU between Himalayan Forest Research Institute and Himachal Pradesh Forest Department  updated: 08.03.2021
Proceedings of Monthly Seminar held on 29 January 2021. updated: 12.02.2021
A Report on Republic Day 2021 Celebration at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 01.02.2021
A Report on release of State REDD+ Action Plan for Himachal Pradesh. updated: 07.01.2021
Proceeding of Monthly Seminar held on 29 December 2020. updated: 05.01.2021
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