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Institute of Wood Science and Technology

Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST)[1] is a Research institute situated in Bangalore in Karnataka. It works under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)[2] of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.[3] It is recognized to be a Centre of Excellence for Sandalwood Research and Wood Science[4]

Institute of Wood Science and Technology
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TypeEducation and Research institute
Parent institution
India 18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
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India 560003

13°00′40″N 77°34′13″E / 13.011160°N 77.570185°E / 13.011160; 77.570185Coordinates: 13°00′40″N 77°34′13″E / 13.011160°N 77.570185°E / 13.011160; 77.570185
CampusUrban : Spread over 25 acres (0.10 km2)


Research & DevelopmentEdit

The Institute has the following facilities and expertise for rendering services to user industry and Government and non-government organisations:

  1. Xylarium with authentically identified Indian and foreign wood samples, with expertise to identify different timber species.
  2. Authentic identification of wood-decaying fungi, insects, marine wood borers and foulers.
  3. Cultures of wood-decaying fungi for reference and laboratory bioassay purposes.
  4. Accelerated laboratory bioassay of candidate wood preservative chemicals against wood-deteriorating fungi and insects.
  5. Testing of timber and timber products (untreated and treated) under land and marine conditions to evaluate their performance against biodeterioration.
  6. Testing of timber and timber products for determining the strength properties.
  7. Soil and plant analysis (for both micro- and macro-nutrients).
  8. Mist chamber and green house for vegetative propagation.
  9. Tissue culture laboratory.
  10. Seed Technology Laboratory.
  11. Vegetative Propagation Facilities.
  12. Xenotest weatherometer for accelerated weathering experiments.
  13. Timber seasoning kiln and expertise for setting up solar seasoning kiln.
  14. Pressure-treatment plant for preservative-treatment of timber.
  15. T.L.C.
  16. G.L.C.
  17. H.P.L.C.
  18. UV, IR and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
  19. X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer
  20. Flow Injection Analyzer
  21. Nitrogen Analyzer
  22. Bomb Calorimeter
  23. FTIR
  24. Biochamber for Entomological studies
  25. Universal Testing Machine
  26. Sophisticated Microscopes with Cameras and Video attachments and Image Analysis Systems and (m) SpectroFLUOROmeter
  27. Workshop for processing wood samples for various experiments.
  28. Chemical analysis of oils, gums, tannins and other non-wood forest products.
  29. A seed orchard of sandal for supplying quality seeds.
  30. Advice on nursery practices, silviculture and plant protection against fungal and insect attack.
  31. Transfer of technology for improved agroforestry systems.
  32. Advice on protection and management of mangrove ecosystems from biodeterioration point-of-view.
  33. Advice on simple, inexpensive wood-preservation techniques (sap displacement method).
  34. Advice on timber utilisation for catamaran, other fishing crafts and marine structures.
  35. Model nursery at Nagaroor in collaboration with State Forest Department has been established.

A shore laboratory for studies on marine wood biodeterioration at Visakhapatnam has been established under World Bank aided Project. Additional land of 40 ha. has been acquired in Karnataka for establishment of germplasm bank, provenance, progeny trials, multiplication garden and seed orchards. A new ICFRE Research Centre with assistance from World Bank on a 100 acres land is being established at Hyderabad. [5]

Research DivisionsEdit

  1. Wood Properties and Engineered Wood
  2. Wood Processing
  3. Forest and Wood Protection
  4. Chemistry of Forest Products
  5. Tree Improvement and Genetics
  6. Silviculture and Community Interface
  7. Forest Biometry
  8. Policy Research and Marketing
  9. Forest Biodiversity (Overlapping Division)
  10. Climate Change (Overlapping Division)


See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2002-08-11. Retrieved 2014-08-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India
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