Dr. N. Palanikanth, IFS


Designation: Conservator of Forest
Phone (Office): +091-80-22190118
Email: palanikanth(at)icfre(dot)org

Communication Address

Dr. N. Palanikanth, IFS
Head of Extension Division
Institute of wood Science and Technology
18th Cross, Malleshwaram
Tel: 0091-80-22190118
Fax: 0091-80-23340529
E-mail: palanikanth(at)icfre(dot)org


PhD (Forest Products): University of Melbourne, Australia
M.Sc. (Wood Science and Technology): Forest Research Institute (Deemed University), Dehradun, IndiaM.C.A., Indira Ghandhi National Open University, New Delhi
B. Sc. (Forestry): Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, India

Research Activities

Research Interests:
Wood Modification
Wood Seasoning and preservation
Wood quality assessment
Wood Anatomy

Research Expertise


Gender identification in Garcinia indica and Simarouba glauca using isoenzyme studies and assessment of fruit characters, yield, and market potential of Garcinia indica in Karnataka State.

Standardization of anti-leaching treatment for Pterocarpus marsupium, Pterocarpus soyauxii and Intsia spp.

Studies on forced air drying of plantation grown timbers.

Properties of Coffee wood as indicators of white stem borer resistance.

Studies on drying characteristics of plantation timbers in dehumidifier drying kiln.

Characterization and identification of imported timbers available in timber markets and sea ports.

Evaluation of culm quality before, during and after flowering in bamboo (Bambusa bambos and Dendrocalamus strictus) species.

Study of anatomy and properties of lesser known timbers of North Eastern states with particular reference to Nagaland.

Testing and evaluation of wood quality of plantation Teak grown in Andaman and Nicobar Island.

Studies on fracture mechanics in solid wood and wood composites using acoustic emissions. ICFRE funded project.

Current Research Projects:

Furfurylation of wood to improve properties for various applications (PI)

Liquefaction of wood and development of resin from the liquefied wood (Co PI)

Effect of flowering on culm quality of Dendrocalamus brandisii and to explore its potential for making composite products. (Co PI)

Evaluation of wood properties of Melia composita of different ages from southern India for finding suitability for various end products and development of value added products. (Co PI).


Details of Research Papers Published in National/International Journals:

A. K. Sethy, P. Vinden, G. Torgovnikov, H. Militz, C. Mai, L. Kloeser and S. Przewloka (2012). Catalytic Acetylation of Pinus radiata (D. Don) With Limited Supply of Acetic Anhydride Using Conventional and Microwave Heating. J. Wood Chem and Tech. 32, 1: 1-9

Vijendra Rao, R., M. Sujatha, S. Shikala, A. K. Sethy and V. G. Angadi (2008): Bamboo flowering-preliminary observations on histochemical and boichemical properties of culms of Bambusa bambos (L.) Voss, besch. During different phases of life cycle (Part 1. Journal of Indian Academy of Wood Science, 5(1&2):52-66

Vijendra Rao, R., M. Sujatha and A.K. Sethy (2008). Timber resources of Andhra Pradesh. Proceedings of A.P. academi of Sciences , Hyderabad . Special issue of Plant Wealth of Andhra Pradesh, 12 (1 & 2), 138-156.

Vijendra Rao, R., S.C. Gairola, S. Shashikala and A.K. Sethy (2008). Bamboo utilization in Southern India. Indian Forester, 134, 3: 379-386.

Kumar, P., S.R. Shukla, R. Sudheendra, M. Sujatha, S. Shashikala, S.K. Sharma, A.K. Sethy and R. Vijendra Rao (2008). Evaluation of wood quality parameters of plantation grown Eucalyptus citriodora Hook (Lemon scented gum). The Indian Forester, 134, 2:255-262.

Sujatha, M., S.K. Sharma, R.Vijendra Rao and A.K. Sethy (2007). Evaluation of anatomical properties of seven year old plantation grown Simarouba glauca. J. Timber Dev. Assoc. of India, 52, 3 & 4: 14-32.

V. G. Angadi, A. Srivastava, A. K. Sethy, G. Ravikumar, K.T. Chandrashekar and S. Mohan (2006). Gender identification in Nutmeg (Myristaca fragrans Houtt.). Indian Forester, 132, 7: 899-902.

S. S. Chauhan, N.K. Upreti and A. K. Sethy (2006). Drying behaviour of some plantation grown timbers in forced air drying. J. of the Indian Academy of Wood Science, 3,1:62-68.

Papers Published in Proceedings of Symposiums/Conferences:

A. K. Sethy, P. Vinden, G. Torgovnikov and S. Przewloka (2010). The kinetics of catalytic acetylation of Pinus radiata (D. Don) using conventional and microwave heating. Document No.IRG/WP 10 -40485, Stockholm, Sweden.

Susmita De, A. K. Sethy, R. Ezhumalai and Sanjai Mohan (2006). Estimation of moisture content in sandalwood powder by Azeotropic method– poster presented in National workshop on “Lesser known Non timber forest products– Status, Conservation, Management & Sustainable utilization” held at IWST Bangalore.

K. S. Shashidhar, R. V. Rao and A. K. Sethy (2006). Importance of Dendrochronology. Paper presented in the international seminar on “Diagnostic on wood heritage: Fundamental tools for knowledge, restoration and conservation” (Indo-Italian seminar) at IWST, Bangalore.

A. K. Sethy, H.C. Nagaveni, S. Mohan and K.T. Chandrashekar (2005). Fungal decay Resistance of Rubber wood treated with heartwood extract of Rosewood. International Research Group on wood protection. Document No. IRG/WP 05 - 30367, Stockholm, Sweden.


Junior Research Fellow at FRI, Dehradun.

Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) from the University of Melbourne, Australia to pursue PhD.

SF Pond Trust travelling scholarship to present a paper in the 41st International Research Group conference at Biarritz, France.

Group of Eight Australia-Germany Joint Research co-operation scheme funding to work with the researchers from University of Gottingen, Germany.