Duties and Responsibilities

    • Collection of forest and range land plant species
    • Conservation of forest and range land plant species in situ (mainly in natural high forests and dry woodlands), and     ex situ (gene bank, field gene banks and botanic gardens)
    • Characterization of forest and range land plant species and accessions for their desirable traits
    • Restoration of degraded forest and range land ecosystems and threatened species
    • Distribution of forest and range land plant accessions for research and development purposes
    • Research on various aspects of conservation and sustainable use of forest and range landplants including forest vegetation inventories, and species diversity dynamics
    • Establishment of national herbarium

Services, currently provided by the directorate

    • Distribution of forest and range land plant accessions for users
    • Educational visit to students, scholars and researchers on gene bank, field gene banks, herbarium and botanic gardens
    • Advisory services for the policy in reconciling development and conservation
    • Plant identification service

Facilities

    • Processing, drying and cold room facilities
    • Seed germination and testing laboratory
    • Herbarium facilities

Research work (Present and Past )

    • Ecology and diversity of vascular plants in forest and rangeland ecosystems
    • Storage behavior of plant species with uncertain storage behavior
    • Exploration, collection and characterization of crop wild relatives and forage plants