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Institute of Forestry Research and Development (IFRAD)

http://www.norfor.ac.vn/

1. Formative history

IFRAD formerly known as Northern Mountainous Forestry Research Centre (NORFOR) under University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) - Thai Nguyen University (TNU), Thai Nguyen was established under Decision No. 678 / QD-TCCB dated 15/8/2008 of Thai Nguyen University's Director.

In the process of formation and development since 2008, the Institute has built a system synchronization facilities which include the research facilities of seed production, experimental stations, tissue culture room, control room testing and seed preservation; staffs and experts have diverse scientific levels in many fields such as forestry, plantation, biotechnology, forest resource management, remote sensing of forest planning, rural development, community forestry, and landscape gardening. The scientific research, technology transfer, services and technical advice have evolved in many areas, which have been studied, tested and successfully propagated in many forest trees and medicinal plants with high economic value by biotechnology; transfer of science and technology and provide technical advisory services for various programs and projects in our country, especially in the area of Midlands Province - Northern Mountain. In some areas such as the development of livelihood model for residents, plant breeding with high quality, intensive afforestation, management of natural resources, development of the pharmaceutical, planning and land allocation, ecotourism, environment, ...along with the growth, the Center has been recognized and appreciated by TUAF and TNU , for its testament to the growth, hence, the Decision No. 87/QD - TNU date 16/1/2015 of TNU's Director about the establishment IFRAD was issued on the basis of transformation and upgrading of NORFOR.

2. Mission

To provide training in conducting research and transferring intensive science and technology for staff with postgraduate qualifications in the field of forestry, natural resource management and environment of TNU for socio-economic development of the midlands and northern mountainous province and all country.

No.

Full name

Duty

Phone number

Email

1

TranThi Thu Ha

Head

0915.047.167

Ha.tran2007@gmail.com

hatran@norfor.ac.vn

2

Le Van Phuc

Deputy Head

0912.737.511

lethoaphuc@gmail.com

 

 

No.

Full name

Degree

Major

Phone number

Email

1

TranThi Thu Ha

Ph.D.

Forestry and Environment

0915.047.167

Ha.tran2007@gmail.com;

hatran@norfor.ac.vn

2

Nguyen The Hung

Associate Professor Ph.D.

Agronomy

0912.415.152

nthungtn@yahoo.com;

nguyenthehung@tuaf.edu.vn

3

Tran Ngoc Ngoan

Prof. Dr.

Agronomy

0988.396.577

tnngoan@gmail.com;

tranngocngoan@tuaf.edu.vn

4

Nguyen The Dang

Prof. Dr.

Agronomy

0982 343 519

nthedang@vnn.vn;

nthedang@yahoo.com

5

Nguyen Viet Hung

Associate Professor Ph.D.

Cultivation

0912.386.574

hathuyduc2002@yahoo.com; nguyenviethung@tuaf.edu.vn

6

Pham Van Dien

Associate Professor Ph.D.

Forestry

0947.590.000

pham_van_dien@yahoo.com.vn

7

Nguyen Nghia Bien

Ph.D.

Resource Management

0968.240.363

Bienforest@gmail.com

8

Do Anh Tuan

Ph.D.

Silviculture

 

 

9

Luong Van Hinh

Associate Professor Ph.D.

Cultivation

0913.027.586

luonghinh52@yahoo.com.vn; luongvanhinh@tuaf.edu.vn

10

TranDuyQuy

Prof. Dr.

Genetics and Plant Breeding

0913.232.858

duyquyvaas@gmail.com

11

Le Sy Trung

Associate Professor Ph.D.

Forestry

0912.150.620

trungdhnl@yahoo.com.vn;

lesytrungtuaf@tuaf.edu.vn

12

Hoang Van Chieu

Ph.D.

Forestry and Environment

0253.829.417

hoangvanchieu@yahoo.com

13

Tran Cong Quan

Ph.D.

Forestry

0915.706.512

minh_quantn@yahoo.com

14

Duong Van Thao

Ph.D.

Biotechnology

0983.808.138

duongvanthao.76@gmail.com;

duongvanthao@tuaf.edu.vn

15

Nguyen Tuong Huy

Ph.D.

Humangeography

0948.342.428

tuonghuy@hnue.edu.vn

16

Le Thuy Linh

Ph.D.

Pedagogics

090.450.456

Linhle.hnue@gmail.com

17

TranQuoc Hung

Ph.D.

Forestry

0912.450.173

hunglanduong@yahoo.de;

tranquochung@tuaf.edu.vn

18

Nguyen Thanh Tien

Ph.D.

Forestry

0988.757.733

thanhtien733@gmail.com

19

Le Van Phuc

MSc

Forestry

0912.737.511

lethoaphuc@gmail.com

20

Dang Ngoc Hung

MSc

Forestry

0912.477.550

hungtuaf@gmail.com;

dangngochung@tuaf.edu.vn

 

  • At present the Institute has 80 staffs and workers, including 18 skilled Professors, Associate Professors and Ph.D. (working part-time and full-time), 25 master’s (who have graduated or are in training process in domestic and abroad), 25 bachelors and engineers, and 12 workers with College degrees.
  • Leadership of the Institute

4. Scope of Work

  • Varieties of agricultural crops and forest plantations
  • Natural resource management
  • Biotechnology in agriculture and forestry
  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Service and Climate Change
  • Information Technology and Remote Sensing
  • Economy and Development
  • Institutional – Policy
  • Market of processing and consuming agricultural and forestry products

5. Facilities

  • Tissue culture room
  • Storage and testing seed varieties room
  • Son Duong Experimental Research Station: 139 ha.
  • The nursery, experimental garden (Forest seeds, assaying area) at TUAF: 17,5 ha
  • Office semi-firm
  • The grid system

6. Scientific research and technology transfer

6.1. The results of scientific research

- Breeding and improved crop varieties

+ Forestry:

The Institute focuses and concentrates in breeding of forest tree seedlings, which focuses on fast-growing tree species for plantation of timber supply raw materials such as Acacia, Eucalyptus, Manglietia glauca Bl ( M. conifera Dandy ),Melia azedarach Linn ...

Breeding method has successfully bred varieties Acacia BV10, BV16, BV32, Eucalyptus U6, U7 by the method of tissue culture, it has supplied cell andpropagated coefficient and high quality seeds.

To improve productivity and quality of planted forests, the Institute has developed and completed the intensive planting process of Acacia, Eucalyptus, Melia azedarach Linn. for the northern mountainous provinces.

The Institute has bred and supplied native forest trees effectively in the marketfocusing on crops witheconomic and ecological values such as: ErythrophleumfordiiOliver,Micheliamediocris Dandy (Talaumagioi A. Chev), Dalbergia Tonkinensis Prain, Melia azedarach Linn, Toona sinensis A.Juss M.Roem (Pygeum arboreum Endl. et Kurz) …

Besides, the forest trees and other  forest products are also the focus of research by the Institute, and it has selected breeding and provided seed crops to the market including Canarium album (Lour.) Raeusch, Canariumtramdenum Dai &Ykovl.,CalaumstetradactylusHance, ...Forestry specialty crops are selected grafting material from the top row of seedlings, for yield and quality stability which are favored by the market.

+ Medicinal plants:

The Institute has selected and successfully bred a variety of medicinal plants with high economic value such as Morinda offcinalis How,Zingember zerumbet Sm, Polyscias Fruticosa Harms, Curcuma zedoaria, Amomum Villosum, PanaxNotoginseng (Bark.) F.H. Chen, Desmodiumstyracifolium (Osb.) Merr,....by  way of tissue culture methods and cuttings, tubers.

+ Fruit trees:

IFRAD has collaborated with the Institute of fruit trees in researching, selecting and launching successful transplant of fruit trees with high economic value such as Artocarpusheterophyllus, Psidiumguajava, Manilkarazapota,... which are supplied to the market. Fruit trees of the institute have a clear origin, quality assurance that many organizations and individuals have known and trusted.

To improve the genetic quality of crops, the Institute has built  a brand and address which has been provided to Thai Nguyen province in particular and the northern mountainous province in general, within the framework of project Investment and Development of forest seeds in Thai Nguyen province, in the period of 2010-2015. The Institute has been conducting to build management systems for synchronous forestry seeds which include management systems in tissue culture room; Seed testing laboratories; system of nurseries, and seed forests. During the initial stages of 2014, the Institute has  built successfully 3.5 ha of Melia azedarach L. forest seeds; 5.2ha of Acacia mangiumWilld; 1.2 ha of Zone assayingand 3.0 ha conservation park for 9 species (Acacia, Eucalyptusalba, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Canarium album (Lour.) Raeusch, Canariumtramdenum Dai &Ykovl.,Dendrocalamusgiganteus Munro, Morinda offcinalis How, Amomum Villosum) on land that has been allocated by the management of TUAF. In the future, this will be the supply of raw materials with high quality seeds for the provinces in the northern mountainous province in general and Thai Nguyen inparticular.

- Research Trials about Forest Tree:

To help in choosing the varieties of high quality, consistent with the ecological conditions of the region, over 7 years of operation, IFRAD has conducted a number of studies and trials that has achieved important results:

  • Assess the growth and adaptation of Acacia mangium and Acacia hybrid from different sources in the experimental area of Son Duong, Tuyen Quang. On that basis, the species that were  selected are:Acacia hybrid BV10, BV33, BV75 and Acacia mangium 21 033, 21 075 which are found to be best suited and recommended for  planting in the area.

- Conducting to study the effects of cuttings method for Amomum Villosumwith different formulations of the nursery phase. On that basis, selected Amomum Villosumvarieties with cuttings method for highest efficiency.

- The Institute in cooperation with the Institute of Vietnam Forestry Science has conducted trials of 15 varieties of transplant Macadamia which are derived from the best varieties of Australia and Vietnam. Initially, the plants grow well, in accordance with the ecological conditions of Thai Nguyen province.On that basis, will choose the best origin to plant.

- Currently, the Institute hastested65 kinds of Acacia, and Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus was found to be cold tolerantin the northern mountainous provinces.

6.2. Science and Technology Transfer

The Institute has made the transfer of science and technology for a variety of typical programs and projects, as follows:

- Science and Technology Transfer Project for Applied Sciences and Technology in intensive planting Acacia supply wood raw material for Tuyen Quang.

- Science and Technology Transfer Project Application of Science and Technology Development in breeding and developing Morinda offcinalis How at Phu Luong district, Thai Nguyen province.

- Science and Technology Transfer Project for Applied Sciences and Technology in intensive planting Amomum Villosumunder the forest canopy in Son Duong district, Tuyen Quang.

- Science and Technology Transfer for Project of intensive cultivation of medicinal plants in Thai Nguyen province from 2014 to 2015.

- Science and Technology Transfer for Project of intensive cultivation of medicinal plants in QuangNinh province from 2014 to 2015.

6.3. Consulting Services

TheInstitute was involved with advisory functions for the project, namely:

- Pilot on forest land allocation which was allocated to people with the participation of 3PAD project in Bac Kan Province;

- Forest land allocation for people with the participation of people under 3PAD Project in Bac Kan province phase 2009-2013;

- Training trainers and technical services for planning and Forest land usewith the  participation of the people, under the Project of Partnership for the poor in developing agriculture and forestry in Bac Kan;

- Business Development Project for Rural Poor in Cao Bang Provinceduring theperiod 2011-2012; Package VIE / 029 201011;

- Package: To review and assess the current status of  management of forest land in the project area 3PAD Bac Kan and assessment of agencies, the development projects of agriculture and forestry in Bac Kan Province (Project IPAD Bac Kan);

- Project forcoordination and protection and benefit-sharing mechanisms in Song Thanh Nature reserve, Quang Nam Province;

- Reforestation projects Korea-Vietnam;

- Project onDevelopment Investment Forestry varieties for Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Ha Giang, Nghe An;

- Project onProtection and Sustainable Development of Forests covering the period 2012-2020 for the provinces in the region: Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan;

- Project on Development and forest protection covering the period 2012-2020 for the unit, organization, preservation of natural areas in the province of Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan;

- Project: "Overcoming obstacles to enhance management effectiveness of protected areas in Vietnam" funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at National Park Cat Ba,Hai Phong;

- Participation in the implementation of UN-REDDprogram,...

7. Collaborative training and research

The Institute has many international partners, non-governmental organizations such as:

1. AustralianTreeSeed Centre CSIRO – Australia

2. CARE

3. GEF- WFF

4. VCF- Vietnam Conservation Fund

5. Firstclimate (Germany)

6. CIFOR

7. The Australian National University (ANU)

8. Agricultural University of Norway

9. IFS – International Foundation for Science

10. Traffic

11. Korea Green Promotion Agency (KGPA)

12. Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC).

Thedomesticpartner:

Since 2008, theInstitutehas collaboratedwiththefollowingorganizations:

- MARD

- Ministry of Science and Technology

- Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

- Instituteof Research of ForestryScience Vietnam

- FIPI

- Institute of Tropical Biology

- Institute of Biotechnology

- Vietnam University of Forestry

- WUSTA

- DARD of Thai Nguyen, TuyenQuang, Bac Kan, ThanhHoa and QuangNamprovince.

- Department of Science and Technology of Thai Nguyen, Lao Cai, ThanhHoaProvince.

- ForestryDepartment of Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan and Cao BangProvince

- PPC of Thai Nguyen, TuyenQuangprovince

- Centre forForestTreeGeneticImprovement, Institute of ForestryScience Vietnam

- Forestrycompanies Son Duong, TuyenQuang

- Project Management Board of 3PAD - Bac Kan

- Sub-Department of Cooperatives and Rural Development of Thai Nguyenprovince ….

8. Address: IFRAD - TUAF

Phonenumber: 02803.854.005           Fax: 02803.858.382

E-mail: hatran@norfor.ac.vn

 

 

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