Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST)

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

Research Divisions of Institute of Wood Science and Technology

  • Wood Properties and Engineered Wood
  • Wood Processing
  • Forest and Wood Protection
  • Chemistry of Forest Products
  • Tree Improvement and Genetics
  • Silviculture and Community Interface
  • Forest Biometry
  • Policy Research and Marketing
  • Forest Biodiversity (Overlapping Division)
  • Climate Change (Overlapping Division)

IWST Course

Instrumentation techniques for Phytochemical Analysis
Instrumental analysis with different chromatographic tools like GC, analytical HPLC and preparative HPLC, spectroscopic analytical methods like UV and FTIR.

Field Identification of important timbers
Field Identification of 25 commercial timbers; Method of identification (physical properties and internal structural features).

Wood Seasoning and Protection
Wood drying and preservation, basic concepts of wood drying, methods of wood drying, drying schedules, different types of drying defects and their control, different types of wood preservatives, methods of wood treatment and safety measures.

Wood Polymer Composites
Basics of wood, polymers and WPC; Manufacturing WPC; Physical and mechanical characterization of the composite; Additives for WPC; Degradation of WPC (moisture, biodegradation and weathering); Biodegradable composites; Current trends and market potential.  

Statistical  Methods in Forestry
Elementary Statistical Methods, Sampling Techniques, Design of Experiment, Application of Statistics in Forestry Research and Data analysis and interpretation using SYSTAT statistical software.

Integrated Pests and Disease Management on Sandalwood
Basics of raising healthy Sandalwood seedlings and plantations. Diseases of Sandalwood and their management. Pest problems of Sandalwood and their management. Display of pest and disease problems in field conditions and demonstration of effective management measures.

Tree Transplantation with Volvo
Introduction: Botany of a tree, Forest types, agroclimatic zones, soil analysis; Transplantation modalities: planting hold and site preparation, hormonal treatment, transplantation mechanics: Post transplantation modalities: post transplant care, post transplant monitoring.

Wood Technology
Internal structure of wood (Macro and micro structure); Physical and mechanical properties of wood; Basics of wood composites: Thermosetting composites, Thermoplastic composites.

Over view of Indian forests, forestry principles and practices, Urban forestry, people wild life and forests, long term monitoring of forests, biodiversity resource assessment, current trends in biodiversity acts and regulations, monitoring climate change in forestry sector.

Contact Details

Institute of Wood Science and Technology  (IWST)
18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore, Karnataka , India 560003

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