FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
During the past three decades, KFRI has made significant contributions totropical forestry research
that has made the Institute well known globally. The vision of KFRI is to achieve excellence in forestry research and to
use that competence to study and provide information for better management of our forests and for updating our policies
to suit the changing local needs and global challenges. The mission of the Institute is to provide research support for
the sustainable management of forests and environment, with particular emphasis on conservation of biodiversity, water
and soil resources of the State. The research and extension projects undertaken by the Institute have not only been of
local relevance but also of national and global Significance.
One such important area identified is Biodiversity documentation, conservation and utilisation. The concept has been based on the recognition of the value of different biotic components to sustain human life on earth and that all natural systems are to be viewed in their more complete perspective for their effective conservation. The Institute has already initiated a few projects on documentation of biodiversity in different Panchayaths. Conservation of rare, endangered and threatened plant and animal species is another aspect of research at KFRI. The Institute has also initiated programmes to establish arboreta and live collections of rare and endemic plants including medicinal plants, palms, orchids, bamboos and canes. Research into vegetative propagation and micropropagation of forestry species has yet been another major activity of KFRI in the past decade.
DR. C. CHANDRASEKHARAN MEMORIAL AWARD
Ms Joyce Jose has been awarded the award for 2010. Details of the work follow.
ANIMAL DIVERSITY OF MYRISTICA SWAMPS IN SOUTHERN KERALA WITH EMPHASIS ON HERPETOFAUNA
The Myristica swamp is a unique, naturally fragmented ecosystem needing special abiotic conditions for development. This ecosystem has been restricted into small patches along selected waterways of the Western Ghats. Anthropogenic causes have further fragmented this ecosystem. The total area of Myristica swamps in India is less than 200 hectares. Studies on the faunal diversity or on threats to this ecosystem were almost non-existent. In this context, a study on the general animal diversity, herpetofaunal assemblages and anthropogenic perturbations in the Myristica swamp patches of Kulathupuzha Forest Range, Anchal Forest Range and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is relevant.