Forest Entomology Division is one of the six founder
branches which were started with the establishment of the erstwhile Imperial
Forest Research Institute in 1906.
Division is proud of been nourished and headed by eminent entomologists of the country - Dr. E. P. Stebbing (1900-1902 and August, 1906
- December, 1909), Sh. V. S. Ayer (January,
1910- October, 1911), Dr. A.D. Imms (November, 1911-February, 1913), Dr. C. F. C. Beeson (March, 1913-August, 1941),
Dr. J. C. M. Gardner (September,
1941 - May, 1947), Sh. A. H. Khan ( June, 1947 -September, 1947), Dr. N. C.
Chatterjee (March, 1948 - November, 1949), Dr. M. L.
Roonwal (December, 1949 - July,
1956), Dr. R. N. Mathur (August,
1956 - October, 1961), Dr. P. N. Chatterjee (November, 1961 - December, 1970), Dr.
P. K. Sen-Sarma (June, 1970 - May, 1973 and September, 1976 - August, 1982), Sh. Pratap
Singh (June, 1973 - August, 1976 and October,
1983 - July, 1989), Sh. Avinash Chandra (September, 1982 - September, 1983), Dr.
M.L. Thakur (August, 1989 - August, 1995), Dr. H. R. Khan (September, 1995 -
October, 2002), Dr. M. Ahmad (November, 2002 - July, 2008), Shri R. S. Bhandari
(August, 2008- June, 2009) and Dr. R. K. Thakur (July, 2009 - July, 2010).
It is our pride that
today whatever information is known about forest insects in the country
originated from this division of Forest Research Institute.
has established one of the biggest insect collections of the country -
National Forest Insect Collection (NFIC). It is unique in having 18,000
(including 1,800 types) forestry related insect species from the Indian
has identified insect pests of almost all the important tree and timber
species of the country and developed effective control measures to
increase productivity of natural and man made forests.
control of the noxious defoliator of poplar, Clostera cupreata, has been developed using parasitoid Trichogramma poliae.
Sal heart-wood borer, Hoplocerambyx
spinicornis, is a well know problem in sal forests of our country.
Trap tree operation developed by the division to trap the adult beetles is
a major control practice for the pest.
for testing natural termite resistance in timbers was developed and
accordingly timber species have been categorized for resistance.
has done remarkable work on termite control in plantations and buildings.
insecticide spraying operations were conducted for the first time in the
country against pests of teak, deodar, poplar and chir pine.
has developed economic and effective insecticide application methodology
like drip line in the soil and tree injections, which reduce contamination
of environment to many folds.
Museum showing role of insects in forest ecology and human welfare has
been developed. It imparts valuable information to general public and
Division has contributed enormously in the field of taxonomy, especially
of beetles, termites, parasitic Hymenoptera, etc. Thousands of new species have
been discovered by the scientists of this division and by other experts from
different organizations from India and abroad based upon material collected,
reared and preserved in the division.