Forest Ecology & Climate Change
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Genetics and Tree Improvement Division

 

Mandate:   

  • To undertake and promote forestry research, education and extension, leading to scientific and sustainable management of forests, with special focus on Himalayan forests. 
  • To provide scientific advice to the central and state governments aiding informed decision making in matters of national and regional importance and international commitments and to address forestry research needs of mandated states. 
  • To undertake research on genetic improvement of temperate and sub-tropical species for enhancement of productivity and quality of forests and commercially important tree species.
  • To undertake all such activities as necessary, incidental and conducive to attainment of the objectives of the council.

Thrust area:

  • To identify natural sources of superior seeds/planting material having desirable traits for raising quality planting stock.
  • To screen populations of important tree species for genetic diversity, strategizing their conservation and future improvement to increase productivity.

Projects

Projects Completed:    

A. Plan projects:

1) Allozyme variation in natural populations of deodar (Cedrus deodara). PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (April, 2005 to March, 2009).

2) Productivity enhancement through selection of superior clones of Dalbergia sissoo. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (April, 2007 to March, 2013).

3) Population genetic analysis and characterization of Cedrus deodara germplasm through DNA based markers. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (April, 2010 to March, 2013).

4) Isozyme variation in natural populations of Pinus gerardiana (Neoza Pine). PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (April, 2011 to March, 2015)

5) Population genetic analysis of Himalayan Banj Oak (Quercus leucotrichophora) forests and its pertinence to genetic conservation. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (April, 2011 to March, 2015).

6) Standardization of grafting technique in Cedrus deodara (Roxb.) G.Don PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (April 2016 – March 2019). 

7) Characterization of Hills Bamboo species (Ringal) of the North-Western Himalayas for their conservation and genetic improvement. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (August, 2017 – July, 2020).

B. Externally aided projects:  

1) Setting up 100 hectare demonstration plot in Himachal Pradesh and production of elite planting material of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (July, 2005-June, 2010).

2) Identification of distinct traits for DUS for conifers. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (June, 2010 -September, 2014).

3) Creating awareness for revival, recharging, sanitation & hygiene of natural water resources through adoption of scientific intervention in Model Village Lanabanka, District Sirmour, HP. PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma (September, 2014 - August, 2017).

Ongoing Projects: 

A. Plan projects:

1) Identification, ecological assessments for selection and screening of superior and insect/pest resistant clones of Salix for cultivation, production, trend and conservation in the cold deserts of H.P. and J.K”. PI: Dr. Rajesh SharmaDr. Sandeep Sharma(February 2017-March 2024).

B. Externally aided projects:

1  Establishment of Community Fodder Banks in Forest Fringe Villages of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. (Funding Agency: National Mission on Himalayan Studies).  PI: Dr. Rajesh Sharma/ Dr Sandeep Sharma (June, 2018 - May, 2021).

2 National Bamboo Mission 

CAMPA Funded

C. All India Coordinated Research Projects 

1 All India coordinated Research project on Bamboo (AICRP-02)PI: Dr.Vaneet Jishtu Sh. Praveen Rawat (2019-2025).

2 Enhancement of Fodder availability and Quality to Reduce Unsustainable grazing in the forest(AICRP-02) PI: Sh.Praveen Rawat (2019-2025).

3 All India coordinated Research project on Dalbergia sissoo(AICRP-11). PI: Dr. Ashwani Tapwal/ Dr.Balkrishna Tiwari(2019-2025).

4 Domestication, Genetic Characterization, Improvement and Diversified Utilization of Poplars (AICRP-25) PI: Dr.Balkrishna Tiwari (2019-2025).

5 National Program for Conservation and Development of Forest Genetic Resources (A 10-year program for conservation and development of FGR) 

6 PI: Dr.Sandeep Sharma; Dr.Vaneet Jishtu; Dr. Ranjeet Kumar; Sh. Pitamber Negi; Dr. Balkrishna Tiwari (2019-2025).

 

Major Equipments in the Division:

  1. Thermal Cycler
  2. Gel Documentation system
  3. Centrifuge
  4. Micro Centrifuge
  5. Tissue Homogenizer
  6. Deep Freezer
  7. Laminar Air Flow
  8. Incubator
  9. Electrophoresis unit
  10. Deionizer

 

Manpower

Staff/Officer

Name

Contact No.

Head of Division

Dr. Sandeep Sharma, Scientist-G

94181-29759

Scientists

Dr. Balkrishna Tiwari, Scientist-B

94502-13274

 Sh. Pravin Rawat, Scientist-B

94589-69970

Technical Staff

Sh. Vinod kumar, CTO

70185-71175

Smt. Sonika Sharma, Sr. Technician

98052-17483

Sh. Manjeet Kumar, Technician

88949-20994

Sh. Jiya lal, Technician

98179-66663

Field Staff

Sh. Rakesh Sharma, Range Officer

94187-33268

Sh. Sunil Sharma, Forester

70188-06279

Sh. Ankush Kumar, Forest Guard

70187-24702

 

 

Nurseries in the division

  1. Field Research Station, Birplassi Nalagarh
  2. Field Research Station, Johdo Paonta Sahib

 

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Sandeep Sharma, Scientist-G & Head of Division Genetics and Tree Improvement Division

     Email:      sharmas@icfre.org
      Phone:       0177- 2816119, Mobile No.: 
94181-29759

 

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 
A Report of training programme on Nursery and Plantation Technique of Juniperus Polycarpos held at Kinnaur, HP. updated: 09.12.2022
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
A Report on visit of the members of Shimla Amateur Garden & Environment Society (SAGES) to Western Himalayan Temperate Arboretum (WHTA), Potters Hill, Shimla. updated: 10.11.2022
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
A Report on Kisan Mela at Longni Dharampur organized by HFRI, Shimla. updated: 22.09.2022
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
A Report on awareness programme on Parthenium hysterophorous at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 23.08.2022
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
A Report on Van Mahotsav 2022 under AKAM. updated: 10.08.2022
A Report on Prakriti Programme organized at Serkong Public School Tabo, Lahaul & Spiti HP. updated: 01.08.2022
A Report on Prakriti Programme organised by GSSS, Beolia Shimla HP. updated: 28.07.2022
A Report on tour of National Youth Environment Parliament to HFRI Shimla. updated: 28.07.2022
A Report on Awareness and Nursery Techniques of Juniper Polycarpos. updated: 26.07.2022
A Report Prakriti Programme organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Choglamsar, Leh. updated: 26.07.2022
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
A Report on Educational Visit of B.Sc. Agriculture Students of University of Agriculture Sciences, Riachur, Karnataka on 20.04.2022 at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 26.04.2022
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
A Report on Awareness program for conservation and rejuvenation of Rivers at HFRI.   updated: 14.12.2021
A Report on International Mountain Day celebration.   updated: 14.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Urni, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Barang, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Pangi, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021
Training Report of one day Workshop on conservation and sustainable management of Pinus Gerardiana held at Kalpa, Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.   updated: 02.12.2021

A Report on visit of BSc. Forestry students Hyderabad at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Constitution Day 2021 celebration at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Communal Harmony Rally at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on RFO trainee visit from Haldwani at HFRI.   updated: 01.12.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Importance of Agroforestry' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 24.11.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Celebration of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 05.11.2021
A Report on Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav-'Environment Awareness Programme for Villagers' organized by HFRI, Shimla.  updated: 18.10.2021
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
A Report on Awareness Programme on Parthenium Histeroforus organized by HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
Report on 75th Independence Day celebration at HFRI. updated: 26.08.2021
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Contribute your rendering of the National Anthem at https://rashtragaan.in

A Report on International Day of forests at HFRI, Shimla. updated: 25.03.2021
Training Report on Nursery and Propagation Techniques of Trillium Govanianum (Nagchhatri) held at Rampur Shimla. updated: 19.03.2021
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
Training Report on Propagation and Modern Nursery Techniques of Pinus Gerardina and Ribes Spp. updated: 24.12.2020 %

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