Report On Visit To Fri Institute

An educational vist for students of M.Sc. Zoology Ist and IIIrd Semester was organized by Department of Zoology to Forest Research Institute, Dehradun  on 14 , september, 2017

INTRODUCTION

The Forest Research Institute is an institute of the Indian council of Forest Research and Education and is a premier institution in the field of forestry research in India. It is located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand, and is one of the oldest institutions of its kind. In 1991, it was declared a deemed university.

Founded in 1878 British Imperial Forest School, by Dietrich Brandis. In 1906, reestablished as the ‘Imperial Forest Research Institute’, under the British Imperial Forest service (IFS). The ‘Indian Forest College’ was established in 1938; officers recruited to the Superior Forest Service by the states and provinces were trained there. Styled in Greeko Roman Architecture by C.G. Blomfield, the main building is a National Heritage which was inaugurated in 1929. FRI Dehradun is one of the oldest institutions of its kind and acclaimed the world over. The Institute’s history is virtually synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry, not only in India, but over the entire sub –continent. Set in a lush green estate spread over 450 hectares. The Institute has a developed infrastructure of all equipped laboratories, library, herbarium, arboreta, printing press and experimental field areas for conducting forestry research, quite in keeping with the best of its kind anywhere in the world.

It is 7 km from Clock Tower, on the Dehradun-Chakrata motor able road and is of the biggest forest based training institute in India. Most of the forest officers are a product of this institute. The F.R.I. with its majestic building also houses a Botanical Museum for the attraction of tourists. FRI and College area campus is a census town, the Indian Military Academy to the south. The Tons River forms its Western Boundary.

About the museum- We are visit to all museum of FRI. There are also contains six sections of the museum.

GUEST SPEAKER: PROF. GURUSHARAN SINGH RANDHAWA

FIRST MUSEUM OF PATHOLOGY – Forest Pathology museum houses 900 exhibits of various economically important tree diseases and timber decays these are further divided according to the part of the plant affected namely root disease, stem disease and foliage disease. Important tree diseases such as heart-rot in khair, sal, teak and deodar and root-rot in khair, sal and pines have been displayed. Degradation of timber and timber products caused by micro- organisms are also displayed. Beneficial role of fungias mycorrhiza to establish and promote tree growth especially in pines and the value of fungi as a source of food are also displayed.

FIRST MUSEUM OF PATHOLOGY – This museum depicts the effect of environment with and without trees on productivity and economy of the villages. Photographs and Models show effect of tree growth on fuel wood, fodder and other forest products. Models show the nursery techniques for raising planting stocks, planting techniques and various protective measures for the plants. Models of improved smokeless chulhas to demonstrate the efficient use of fuel wood. Exhibits demonstrate the possibilities of establishing suitable cottage industries based on social forestry products and role of social forestry in providing employment, particularly to the landless people.

SILVICULTURE MUSEUM – The Silviculture Museum displays models and Photographs on Silvicultural Systems practised for efficient and scientific management of the forests. The most important exhibits are a series of large models showing the chief methods practised for regulating the felling and regeneration of a forest. General aim is to utilize the soil fully for perpetual supply of timber in the most paying sizes. These methods vary with the species, extraction facilities, proximity of markets, and market requirements

TIMBER MUSEUM – The Timber Museum has exhibits of the best-known and most common commercial woods. One hundred and twenty six commercially important species displayed along the walls of the museum provide the visitors an idea on the characteristics of these woods.

NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS MUSEUM – An exhibit of this museum shows a comparison between the conventional resin tapping technique and the newly developed rill method for resin tapping. Exhibits also include samples of miner forest products such as katha, cutch, Lac products, essential oils, edible products, fatty oils, spices, drugs, tans, gums, etc. There are exhibits showing walking sticks, batons, sports goods, paper, matches, baskets, and products from grasses, leaves, flosses, etc.

ENTOMOLOGY –This museum exhibit about 3,000 exhibits insect pests showing various stages and the nature of damage caused by them to seed, seedlings, standing trees, felled timbers, bamboos and also finished products. Important forestry pests like sal heart-wood borer, teak defoliator, Meliaceae shoot borer, poplar defoliators, deodar defoliator, sissoo defoliator, babul stem and root borer, their biology, life history and nature of damage have been showed along with methods to control them. Some of the insecticides and their application equipments are also exhibited. Various commercial timbers have been listed according to their termite resistance property.

CONCLUSION –

Our student captivating much more knowledge about Entomology museum. The museum demonstrate the diversity of Insects, and how to conserve and protect the insect’s diversity. Inspite of that the social environment emphasis the environmental effect with and without trees on productivity and economy of the villages. Reveal the possibilities of founding suitable cottage industries based on social forestry products and role of social forestry in providing employment, particularly to the landless people.

Report on VISIT

Department:

  • Zoology

Date of Activity:

  • 14 September 2017

Name of Faculty :

  • Dr. Mamta Joshi
  • Mr. Anil Bisht

Participants:

  • students of M.Sc. Zoology Ist and IIIrd Semester

HEALTH CAMP GALLERY