Forest Research in Manipur is being carried out by the Research and Training Division of the Manipur Forest Department under the Working Plan, Research and Training Circle
Forestry Research are carried out under 3 main category heads such as:
a) Forestry Research to be carried out by the State Forest Department
b) Forestry Research to be carried out jointly by State & ICFRE and
c) Forestry Research to be carried out by ICFRE & other organizations.
ONGOING RESEARCH WORKS:
1. FORESTRY PLANTING STOCK IMPROVEMENT RESEARCH: With the increase in population, the demand of forest produce is increasing day by day whereas our forest area remains constant or decreasing. Therefore, the need to use better planting stock to improve forest productivity to meet the requirements. Therefore, after selection of provenances and selection of the plus trees, standardization of planting techniques followed by testing of progeny for adaptability and releasing of superior stock for planting is being tried.
The assets thus developed under Research in collaboration with the Institute of Rain and Moist Deciduous Forest Research (IFMDR), Jorhat are:
i. Clonal seed Orchard (CSO) of Gmelina arborea and Tectona grandis established at Luwangsangbam.
ii. Seedling seed Orchard (SSO) of Gmelina arborea at Luwangsangbam.
iii. Seed production Area (SPA) of Pinus kesia at Khonghampat.
2. FOREST PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH WORKS: The productivity of Indian Forest varies from 0.5 to 0.7 cum per ha per annum against world average of 2.5 cum per ha per annum. There is requirement for carrying out trials on various species to determine the species which are economically viable without affecting the structure of the existing resource base.
Research carried out under the topic are:
i. Clonal Trial of Poplar (Populus deltoides)
ii.. Provenance trial of Pawlownia fortunii
iii. ETP trial of Poplar
iv. Plant propagation trial of Poplar, Pawlownia fortunii
v. Agri-forestry Research in the farmers field using Pawlownia fortunii
3. MEDICINAL PLANTS PLANTATION TRIALS UNDER NTFP RESEARCH
i. Medicinal plants Garden developed at Luwangsangbam and Tharosibi
ii. Cultivation Trial of Rauwolfia serpentina at Luwangsangbam and Karong.
iii. Plant propagation Trial for NTFP including medicinal plants
4. RESEARCH CENTRES:
The Research and Training Division varry out research at 5(five) centres. Following are the existing Research Centres:
i. Forest Research Centre at Khonghampat
ii. Botanical Garden cum Research Centre at Luwangsangbam.
iii. Forest Research Centre at Tharosibi
iv. Pine Seed Production Area at Khonghampat.
5. OTHER ASSETS CREATED UNDER THE DIVISION
i. Botanical Garden cum Research centre at Luwangsangbam
ii. Arboretum at Koirengei and
iii. Modern Nursery with Greenhouse facility at Mantrupukhri