Pakistan Forest Institute
Peshawar, Pakistan

Forest Entomology

Forest Entomology Branch was established during 1947 with the creation of the Pakistan Forest Institute. Since its inception the main functions of the branch are conducting research on obnoxious forest insects and other pests and teaching the subjects of forest zoology and entomology. The branch has completed 39 research projects financed both by the Government of Pakistan and foreign agencies. The research findings have been published in the form of research articles, technical reports, popular publication and news items for the use of researchers, foresters and common man. Among the completed project the Blue pine defoliator, Chir pine defoliator, Shisham bark borer and Walnut borer which were great havocs in very important areas like Islamabad, Murree, Kashmir, Hazara, and Swat. The havocs were averted in very marvelous ways by adopting the mechanic-biological means of control without polluting the environment with poisonous insecticides. In the teaching branch has played an active role in imparting practical training as well as covering the prescribed syllabi of the subjects of forest zoology and entomology to B.Sc. and M.Sc. forestry students.
Outcomes of the Project “Development of Environment Friendly Plant-Based Pesticides for Sustainable Forest Protection”

  • Plants with pesticidal properties from five ecological zones of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were known.
  • Plant based formulations with known mode of actions like insecticidal, larvicidal, and deterrent and repellent of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa obtained. New environment friendly based plant protection measures are strengthened.
  • Dissemination of knowledge of botanical pesticides among different stakeholders.
  • Dissemination of scientific knowledge to researchers, teachers and policy makers.

Collection of plant sample

Drying of plant samples for extraction