The Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) is a national Institute established in April 1988 under the Indian Council of Forestry Research (ICFR). A multi-faceted research Institute primarily aimed to carry out research to improve productivity of forest tree species through conventional breeding programmes and biotechnological interventions. Mainstream research carried out by the Genetics and Biotechnology divisions is supported by Silviculture, Seed technology, Protection (Entomology & Pathology), Agro-forestry and Bio-diversity divisions.



To identify and evolve varieties of species used in afforestation and social forestry that will contribute to the national goal of enhancing biomass per ha per year within the ecological considerations applicable to the area.


Core Research Areas:

The Institute is involved in active research in the following areas:

1- Genetic Improvement

2- Planting Stock Improvement

3- Genomics

4- Clonal propagation

5- Productivity and nutrient cycling

6- Integrated disease and pest management

7- Seed Handling and Seed Testing

8- Bioprospecting

9- Ecorestoration

10- Conservation


Geographical Jurisdiction:

The following States and Union Territories are the jurisdiction areas of the institute:

Tamil Nadu


Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Lakshadweep Islands



Key Achievements: (Click on link to view detail)

1 - Research 

2 - Extension

3 - Education

4 - Others


Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects


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