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TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 March 1

TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017

 Three Forest Research Institutes Develop Twenty High-Yielding Varieties of Plant Species

Three Institutes of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun includes Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) Coimbatore and Tropical Forest Research Institute Jabalpur, has developed the Twenty High-Yielding Varieties of plant species.

The Variety Releasing Committee of ICFRE has granted approval for the release of these plant species.

The forest Research Institute (FRI) , Dehradun has worked on 10 improved varieties of Melia dubia and 3 clones of Eucalyptus tereticornis, the timber which has high demand in industry.
The released cultivars of Melia, also  known as Dreake, or Malabar Neem, not only have a high productivity per unit area, with an average of 34.57 cubic metre per hectare per annum but also have bole form which is desirable for plywood industry.

The development of five inter-specific hybrids of Casuarina equisetifolia and Casuarina junghuhniana for use as timber has developed by Institute of Forest and Tree Breeding , Coimbatore and two varieties of medicinal plant Rauvolfia serpentine developed by Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.


ICFRE) (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education), Dehradun is an autonomous body under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, carries out the holistic research on forestry species. The nine Institutes under ICFRE are  engaged in improvement of plantation tree species to improve yield, quality and productivity to meet the demand for domestic consumption.

ICFRE released 27 high-yielding clones in 2010, 2011 and 2014 of Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus Hybrid, Casuarina equisetifolia, Casuarina junghuhniana and Dalbergia sissoo and are in commercial production now.

On these 27 varieties, 25 varieties  are developed by Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore, and remaining varieties of Dalbergia sissoo and Eucalyptus Hybrid were developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.

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