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The Indian Forest Research Institute

Nature volume 158, page 615 (02 November 1946) | Download Citation



The annual report of the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, for 42–43 increasingly shows how the work continued to be interrupted by the War and its demand. Res. Inst, Public, Vasant Press, 1945). The report, it is of interest to is printed on paper made in the Paper Pulp Secxion of the Forest Research Institute from saplings of Pinus longifolia from forests not so very far distant. The first chapter of the report summarizes the work of the different branches, the remaining chapters giving the reports of the year's work by each branch. Most of the branches had to suspend all their ordinary work to deal with urgent demands of the Fighting and Civil Forces, the exceptions being botany and sylviculture, though the rubber scarcity and search for supplies provided work for both of them. It is a curious fact that the individual ‘branches’ of a research institute acquire the habit of working in water-tight compartments. Dehra Dun was no exception. The president, Sir Herbert Howard, writer of this report, deplores this fact of the past and says that the War has forced co-operation upon the branches and sections, with valuable results, which it may be hoped will be maintained, to the benefit of the Institute. Where all branches have been more or less closely engaged upon war-time research, reference to the report must be made for details.

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