At this division applied and basic research in the filed of genetics, clonal forestry and molecular biology is being carried out to meet the requirement of the stakeholders particularly state forest departments, industries and farmers. Research projects supported from different funding agencies like CSIR, national medicinal plant board, department of biotechnology, Punjab forest department etc. are being executed to achieve the specific objectives of the stake holders. The division imparts training to officials of the state forest departments of various levels on field application of various techniques of planting stock improvement, forest genetics and clonal propagation. The short-term trainings are provided to M. Sc. students of different universities and educational institutions on tree improvement and biotechnology. Also the division provides consultancy services to the state forest departments, industries and other organizations.
Objective of the Division
To improve the forest productivity via genetic improvement techniques.
To develop breeding and production populations through provenance, progeny and clonal trials. To develop knowledge base for genetic variability, reproductive biology, clonal propagation, phylogeny and genetic relationship in different forest tree species.
To provide technical guidance and impart training to the personnel of state forest departments and stake holders. To train and guide the upcoming researchers/students through teaching, trainings and research.