Forest Biotechnology

Forests are the world’s greatest repository of terrestrial biomass, soil carbon and biodiversity. Forests provide a variety of provisioning, supporting, regulatory and cultural ecosystem services, which are so crucial for the survival of humans. From the forests, humans derive such diverse benefits/services as pollinator services, nutrients, clean water and air, carbon sequestration, food, fodder, medicines and aesthetic benefits. Forests contribute immensely towards maintaining local hydrological balance. Conservation of biodiversity is key to maintaining the flow of such ecosystem services, and biodiversity conservation itself has important implications for the future generations. Forests provide safe habitat for the large diversity of microbes, fauna and flora.

Considering the multidimensional importance of forest areas, particularly their vital role in maintaining the flow of ecosystem goods and services, there is a need to develop programme on Forest and Conservation Biotechnology aiming at conservation and sustainable use of bioresources viz., large number of NTFPs, medicinal plants, tree-borne oil seeds, resin and wax yielding plants, as well as developing tools for mitigation and adaptation of climate change impacts, and enhanced carbon sequestration by the forest vegetation and soil. In addition, forest areas being the last resort for several threatened species, their conservation through application of proven biotechnological tools would ensure the saving of threatened species of the country from extinction. The predictive modelling of range shift and an understanding of adaptation strategy of alpine plants to changing climate can help biotechnology to evolve as a climate change adaptation science.

Aim/Objectives of the Programme:

This new programme has been recently started with the overall aim to support R&D projects on Forest and Conservation Biotechnology with focus on mapping and technological intervention for forest conservation, resource utilization and climate change mitigation.

Call for Proposal for current FY or New Programme Launched (if any):

Following are the Priority Areas in which Project Proposals are being accepted under this programme round the year. Researchers can submit the project proposal in these priority areas through DBT online project Management System ( eProMis) without waiting for specific call for proposal:

  • Development and demonstration of in- situ and ex-situ conservation strategies for threatened plants and animals using biotechnological tools
  • Terrestrial carbon sequestration.
  • Studies on impacts of climate change on the forest ecology and development of mitigation and adaptation technologies to minimize climate change impact.
  • Modelling and control of invasive species in protected areas
  • Technologies for measuring and maintaining ecosystem services from protected areas
  • Capacity development and public outreach on importance of biotechnology for forest resources management, diversity and conservation, and national and international conventions / laws / regulations on bioresources access and benefit sharing.
  • Use of biotechnological approaches on afforestation and regeneration of degraded forest area.
  • Development of technologies for sustainable use of forest resources like NTFPs.
  • Improvement of forest and tree productivity using biotechnological approach

Concerned Officer for more information

Programme Head Shri Chandra Prakash Goyal,Joint Secretary
Email cpgoyal[at]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24362982
Program Officer: Dr. Onkar N. Tiwari,Scientist E
Email onkar[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24361290