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NEWS AND EVENTS

A 5 days Training cum Workshopon “Essential Oils, Perfumery & Aromatherapy” was organized by Chemistry Division, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehra Dun  in collaboration with Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj at FRI, Dehradun from June 12-16, 2017. Altogether 34 participants from different corners of India representing diverse meadow attended the programme. The Training cum Workshop provided a detailed exposure towards fundamental and applied aspects of cultivation of essential oil bearing plants and their post harvest processing, quality assessment and therapeutic benefits of essential oils and their applications in perfumery and aromatherapy for advancements of scientific knowledge, skills and entrepreneurship of the participants through lectures and practical demonstrations by experts from aroma industry, expert faculty from FRI-FFDC and practicing aromatherapists.
 A ‘Training cum Awareness Programme on Biopesticide’ for the management of Poplar defoliator was organized by Chemistry Division in collaboration with Forest Entomology Division, FRI Dehradun from December 21-23, 2016 under Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi funded project titled “Development of plant based bio-pesticide for management of poplar defoliator, its field trial in northern region and conduction of awareness programme for farmers’’. Altogether 32 farmers attended the programme. The training programme provided a detailed exposure to the framers on the use of the biopesticide in their fields through laboratory demonstrations and field visits.

CHEMISTRY DIVISION

Introduction:

Established in 1906 as one of the research Divisions of FRI, Chemistry Division has a very long and impressive record of carrying out research towards promotion and utilization of forest phyto-products which are the raw materials for development of essential oils, fragrance & flavors, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, fats & oils, tannins, natural dyes, biopesticides, gums & resins, starches, waxes, cellulosics, fibers and flosses, etc.; biomass residues from plantations, and forest based industries. The research, education and extension endeavors include

(i) chemical examination of these materials and study of their properties and constituents together with the development of suitable extraction methods on bench scale and pilot scale for their industrial utilization,

(ii) Refinement, upgradation and development of processes and products for enhancing the value chain of these materials,

(iii) teaching PG students and supervising Ph.D. scholars, PG Dissertations, and project trainees from FRI Deemed university and other outside organizations,

(iv) disseminating up to date scientific information and providing technical and consultancy services to the Government, State Forest Departments, industries, farmers, tree growers, NGOs, planning and development bodies and other stake holders,

(v)  training of personnel from State Forest Departments,  industry, academia, NGOs; farmers, tree growers, common man and other beneficiaries.  Technologies developed by the Division have delivered the goods and services for socio-economic and ecological benefits.

Patents: 22

Research papers published: More than 800

Technologies commercialized: 25

Ph.D. awarded: 30

Research grant awards: MoEF&CC, DBT, DST, ICAR, NMPB, DSIR, UCOST and industries

Research liaison with a number of national and international laboratories.

Instrumentation facility: Head space / GC-MS, GLC-FID, HPLC, HPTLC, Gel Permeation Chromatograph, Viscometer, Polarimeter, Refractometer, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, Refrigerated Centrifuge, Chemical Reactor, Spinning Band Distillation Unit,  Lyophilizer, Bench top UV Spectrophotometer, Perspirometer, Light fastness tester, Crockmeter. Laundrometer.

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