In Seed Technology branch has a seed bank and Seed Testing-cum-Certification Laboratory functioning since 1981. The seed testing and certification work has been done with ISTA standards. Under seed testing certification programme, seeds have been certified for various parameters viz; purity, moisture content, viability, germination potential, oil, protein, vitamins, fiber and other test as per requirement.

Besides this the branch conducting various research project related to scientific harvesting of quality fruits and seeds enhancing the production of seeds and developing a package seed technology and nursery techniques of various forestry species. Under this activity, the seed technology developed about 25 species with reference to collection of superior germplasm, identification of best germplasm, quality seed collection, appropriate harvesting period of seeds, seed processing, enhance the productivity of seeds, seed longevity and germination potential, production of quality planting stock.

Mandate 

  1. Collection of quality seeds from identified superior genetic sources.
  2. Seed storage.
  3. Seed certification.
  4. Research on seed biology, pollination biology, physiology and biochemistry.
  5. Contribution to the knowledge of seed technology with regards to enhanced germination and longevity of seeds.

Institutional Staff

Dr. Archana Sharma, Scientist 'E'

  • M.Sc. (Botany)
  • Ph.D. (Seed Science)

Dr. Archana Sharma is working as Head of Seed Technology Division in M.P. State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur. She was awarded Ph.D. in Seed Science in 1993 from Dr. H.S. Gaur University, Sagar. She has to here credit more than 80 research paper published in both National and International journals, two books, three bulletins and fourteen brochures. She has 22 years of research experience in seed technology. She completed more than 20 externally funded research projects in the capacity of Principal Investigator. She has organized a number of trainings and workshops at National and State levels.

 

Smt. Manjula Parihar

  • Lab Technician (Since 1987)
  • B.Sc. (Biology Science)
  • 04 Research paper published in different field.
  • Working in Seed Certification Laboratory
  • She has participated in training on "Laboratory Management" and Instrumentation.

Shri Anand Prakash Agrawal

  • Field Assistant (Since 1991)
  • B.A.
  • Research paper published in different field
  • Working in Seed Technology Branch

 

Research

On-going projects

SN

Title of the Project

Name of PI

Co- PI

Source of funding

Sanctioned Amount 
(Rs. in Lakh)

Date of
Initiation

Due Date of completion

  1

Dissemination of knowledge through training programme for sustainable management and quality fruit collection of Chironji to stakeholders. Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist - PCCF (R/ E and Lok Vaniki), Bhopal

14.00

Jan. 2020

Dec. 2020

2

Germplasm evaluation and standardization of propagation technology for production of quality planting stock of medicinally important species viz. Anogeissus latifolia & Commiphora wightii.

Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist -

PCCF (R/ E and Lok Vaniki), Bhopal

34.02

Jan. 2020

Dec. 2021

3 Training and demonstration programme on establishment and best management of Seed Production Areas, Seed Technology and Nursery Management for Field Foresters. Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist   PCCF (R/ E and Lok Vaniki), Bhopal 23.25 Jan. 2020 June 2021
4 अनुसंधान एवं विस्तार रोपणियों का श्रेणीकरण, मान्यता एवं लघु शोध कार्यों की अद्यतन स्थिति का आंकलन। Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist   PCCF (R/ E and Lok Vaniki), Bhopal 4.50 Feb.2020 Deb.2021
 

Regular Activities

           
1

Seed, collection, testing & certification.

Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist   SFRI Jabalpur      

 

Completed projects

SN

Title of the project

Name of PI

Objective

Funding

Date of completion

  Standardization of seed and nursery techniques for production of quality planting stock of important indigenous species Dr. Archana Sharma
  • To standardize seed techniques for enhancing seed germination and seed longevity of seeds for production of quality seedlings
  • To standardize nursery technique through advance and systematic scientific methods for raising quality seedlings of targeted species.
  • To compare the effect of Vermicompost, FYM (Farm Yard Manure), neem cake and other bio-fertilizers on plant growth, survival and biomass production of targeted species.
  • To standardize the poly pot size/root trainers for better seedling growth and highest survival percentage.
  • Find out colour of poly-pot for better growth and survival of seedlings.
  • To prepare a technical brochure of developed techniques to raise the quality plants of targeted species.
  • Extension of the developed technique through published brochure.
PCCF (R/E, Lok Vaniki), M.P. Bhopal June, 2019
  Production of quality planting stock of important RET and wild medicinal tree species through application of advanced technology. Dr. Archana Sharma
  • To promote plantation of rare endangered threatened and wild medicinal tree species for future plantation programme.
  • To enhance the growth and survival rates in the plantation by using quality planting stock.
Internal June, 2019
  Cultivation and production of plants of wild medicinal tree specie Dr. Archana Sharma
  • To promote plantation of rare endangered threatened and wild medicinal tree species for future plantation programme.
  • To enhance the growth and survival rates in the plantation by using quality planting stock.
RCFC, Central Region, SFRI, Jabalpur July, 2019
  Training & Demonstration programme on Seed Technology, Seed Production Areas and Nursery Management of Field Foresters; under "Knowledge upgradation and skill development of field foresters, forest dependent       communities and resource person through lab to land training modules Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist      
  Documentation of developed Seed Technology, Nursery and Planting Techniques of Important Forestry tree Species particularly of Economic, MFP and Medicinal Value Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist

To prepare a field guide related to seed technology, nursery and planting techniques of various forestry species particularly of economic, MFP and medicinal value

SFRI, Jabalpur (Internal) Oct, 2016
  Documentation and development of packages of seed and nursery techniques for some important indigenous species Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist
  • To standardize seed and nursery techniques of targeted species to raise quality seedlings.
  • To prepare field manual to raise the plants of target species.
  • Production of thousand plants of each species to rectify the protocol for seed and nursery techniques.
APCCF (R/E and Lok Vaniki) Bhopal Jan, 2016
  Training and Demonstration Programme on seed technology and management of seed production areas for field foresters Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist

The objective of this training course was to provide a basic understanding of the following topics:

  1. Seed stand
  2. Establishment of Seed Production Area (SPA).
  3. Seed collection
  4. Knowledge of seed maturity
  5. Seed extraction and cleaning
  6. Insect and disease problem
  7. Seed storage
  8. Method of seed lot sampling
  9. Test for moisture, purity, weight, germination and vigor
  10. Rapid seed viability estimate
  11. Seed certification
  12. Pre sowing treatments
  13. Seed dormancy
  14. Basics for nursery
APCCF  (R/ E & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal August, 2015

 

Effect of Vermicompost and Neem cake on plant growth of some forestry species. Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist
  • To compare the effect of Vermicompost, FYM (farm yard manure) and Neem cake on plant growth and biomass production of Aonla, Khamer, and Teak seedlings and also to determine the optimum doses of these fertilizers and Neem cake.
APCCF (R/E & Lok Vaniki) Bhopal

April, 2015

 

Effect of Various Pretreatment on Seed Germination of Fresh and Stored Seeds of Tectona grandis (Teak) Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist
  • Find out an appropriate seed collection period for better germination.
  • Find out an appropriate time of sowing for better seed germination.
  • Find out the best sowing media for quick and higher germination.
  • Find out the best pretreatment technique to hasten for hastening seed germination of teak seeds.
  • Preparation of field manual.
APCCF (R/E and Lok Vaniki) Bhopal

February, 2015

 

Strengthening of Infrastructure of Collection, Testing, Certification and Storage of Forestry Seeds Dr. Archana Sharma Scientist
  • To improved the capability of the institute for collection, testing, certification and storage of seeds.
APCCF (R/E and Lok Vaniki) Bhopal

March, 2015

 

Major Research Achievements

  • Technology developed for Rauvolfia serpentina (Sarpgandha), Withania somnifera (Aswagandha), Andrographic panniculata (L.), Dunal (Kalmegh), Anogeissus pendula, Anogeissus latifolia, Lagerstroemia parviflora, Cleistanthus collinus, Schleichera oleosa, Buchnania lanzan, Schleichera oleosa, Madhuca latifolia, Dendrocalamus strictus, Gmelina arborea, Sterculia urens, Pterocarpus marsupium, Emblica officinalis, Acacia catechu, Holoptelia integrefolia, Semicarpus ancardium, Careya arborea, Mitragyna parviflora, Bauhunia vahalli, etc. with reference to enhance the seed germination and seed longevity period.
  • Standardized the doses of biofertilizers and chemical fertilizers for increasing the productivity of Teak fruits. The findings are of scientific importance for enhancing the fruit productivity and beneficial for plantation programme.
  • Evaluate best germplasm of Aonla, Chironji, Mahua and Kusum through adopting scientific technology in reference to seed quality for improvement of future plantation programme.
  • The seed germination of teak seeds enhanced by putting scientific inputs. The findings are highly significant for quick and better germination and seedling growth against the traditional methods used by the department.
  • The technology developed to enhancement the productivity of flowers and fruit of Mahua and has been extended at field level.
  • Execution of consultancy services viz; seed testing, certification and seed selling through out the period for private users, NGOs and Forest Department. It is useful for tree improvement and future plantation programme of the user groups.
  • One Bulletin, 14 brochures and 03 books published.
  • 20 projects completed and reports submitted to concerning funding agencies.
  • Course/training material developed and imparted training to researchers, foresters regarding advancement of seed technology and management of seed production areas and nursery techniques. The course material distributed to trainees came from different corners of the MP.
  • Extension of developed technologies through delivered the lecture on "Seed collection, processing, storage, pretreatment and nursery management" to nursery managers and field foresters.
  • 05 PG Dissertation work completed as supervisor of RDVV, Jabalpur and APS University, Rewa student.
  • Disseminate scientific knowledge pertaining to seed technology / nursery techniques/ quality seed production to both Govt. and private users for the advancement of forestry sector in the state.
  • Provide technical know - how of nursery techniques of forestry seeds to different user groups particularly seed purchasers.

Regular activities

Seed collection and supply- Seeds have been collected from superior genetic sources viz; seed production areas, seedling seed orchards, seed stands, plus tree and Clonal seed orchards. After collection seeds have been processed and tested with various quality parameters and supply to users group as per demand on institutional rate.

Services

  • Seed collection and disposal.

  • Execution of consultancy services seed testing and certification and through out the period for private users, NGOs and Forest Department.

Research Summaries (Completed project 2014-15)

Project-1. Effect of Various Pretreatment on Seed Germination of Fresh and Stored Seeds of Tectona grandis (Teak)

OBJECTIVE

  • Find out an appropriate seed collection period for better germination.
  • Find out an appropriate time of sowing for better seed germination.
  • Find out the best sowing media for quick and higher germination.
  • Find out the best pretreatment technique for hastening seed germination of teak seeds.

FINDINGS

Parameter of interest Findings

Collection period

February 3rd week to March 2nd week

Sowing media

Pure Sand

Sowing month

March

Seed size

Medium (12–13mm)

Best pre treatment

Seed soaking in  20% Conc. of (CaOCl2 ) for One hour

Project-2. Strengthening of Infrastructure of Collection, Testing, Certification and Storage of Forestry Seeds

OBJECTIVE

To improve the capability of the institute to develop a systematic and scientific approach of collection, testing, grading, certification, storage and distribution of quality seeds.

FINDINGS

Strengthened the structure of seed certification and seed storage capacity for systematic and scientific approach of seed collection, testing, storage and certification of quality seeds.

Project-3. Effect of Vermicompost and Neem cake on plant growth of some forestry species

OBJECTIVE

  • To compare the effect of Vermicompost, FYM (farm yard manure) and Neem cake on plant growth and biomass production of Aonla, Khamer and Teak seedlings
  • To determine the optimum doses of these fertilizers and Neem cake.

FINDINGS

Species Treatment (poly-pot mixture) Survival % Seedling growth increment (%) against control

Tectona grandis
(Teak)

Control (only soil)

45

164.41

Soil, sand Vermicompost (1:1:1) and Neem cake (50g)

78

Gmelina arborea
(Khamer)

Control (only soil)

40

137

soil + sand + FYM (1:1:1) with Neem cake (100g)

73.33

Emblica officinalis
(Aonla)

Control (only soil)

66.67

140.56

Soil, sand Vermicompost (1:1:1) and Neem cake (100g)

93.33

Training

  • To compare the effect of Vermicompost, FYM (farm yard manure) and Neem cake on plant growth and biomass production of Aonla, Khamer and Teak seedlings
  • To determine the optimum doses of these fertilizers and Neem cake.
    • Training on Seed collection, processing, storage, pretreatment and nursery management to field foresters and user groups.
    • Extension of developed technologies through delivered the lecture on nursery techniques of Teak, Khamer and Bans to field foresters.
    • Enhancing the flower and fruit production in Mahua tree to user groups and stakeholders.
    • Scientific harvesting of Aonla and Chironji fruits for quality fruit collection to user groups and stakeholders.
    • Nursery techniques of various forestry species, especially Aonla, Mahua, Khamer, Bans, Kullu, Bija, etc to field foresters and user groups.