Institute of Wood Science & Technology (IWST), Bengaluru, one of the institutes of Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) was established in 1988. Earlier, the then Government of Mysore had set up a Forest Research Laboratory (FRL) at Bengaluru in 1938. In the initial years, work was carried out mainly on properties and uses of different timber species, essential oils, other non-wood forest products and protection of wood and trees from pests and diseases. In 1956, this laboratory was organized as a regional centre of Forest Research Institute and Colleges, Dehra Dun. In 1977, Sandal Research Centre was set up to undertake research on wide-ranging aspects of genetics, silviculture and management of sandal.


The Institute has a vision to generate, preserve, disseminate and advance knowledge, technologies and solutions for addressing issues arising out of interaction between people, forests and environment on a sustained basis through research, education and extension. The mandate of the Institute is to conduct research on Wood Science and Technology as a national objective and focus its research activities to important forestry research needs of the State of Karnataka and Goa at regional levels.


Core Research Areas:

1- Wood Anatomy and Properties

2- Developing Technologies for Wood Processing and Wood Composite Materials.

3- Tree Improvement and Propagation – Agroforestry and Silviculture.

4- Forest and Wood Protection.

5- Wood Chemistry and Bio-energy.


Geographical Jurisdiction:

Karnataka and Goa


Key Achievements: (Click on link to view detail)

1-   Research

2-   Education

3-   Extension


Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects


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