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
- Processing, drying and cold room facilities
- Seed germination and testing laboratory
- Herbarium facilities
Ongoing research works
- 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
Journals / Publications
- Abiyot Berhanu, Zerihun Woldu, Sebsebe Demissew and Seid Melesse (2019). Temporal Vegetation Cover Dynamics in Northwestern Ethiopia: Status and Trends. Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences. 18(2): 123–143.
- Befkadu Mewded, Debissa Lemessa, Hailu Negussie and Abiyot Berhanu (2019). Germination pretreatment and storage behavior of Terminalia laxiflora seed. Journal of Forestry Research 30: 1337–1342.
- Abiyot Berhanu, Sebsebe Demissew, Zerihun Woldu, Ib Friis & Paulo van Breugel (2018). Intermediate evergreen Afromontane forest (IAF) in northwestern Ethiopia: observations, description and modelling its potential distribution. Phytocoenologia. DOI: 10.1127/phyto/2018/0207.
- Abiyot Berhanu (2017). Vegetation Ecology and Conservation Status of Fragmented Afromontane Forests in Awi Zone, Amhara National Regional State, Northwest Ethiopia. PhD Dissertation. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
- Abiyot Berhanu, Sebsebe Demissew, Zerihun Woldu and Motuma Didita (2017a). Woody species composition and structure of Kuandisha Afromontane forest fragment in northwestern Ethiopia. Journal of Forestry Research 28(2): 343-355. DOI 10.1007/s11676-016-0329-8.
- Abiyot Berhanu, Zerihun Woldu and Sebsebe Demissew (2017b). Elevation patterns of woody taxa richness in the evergreen Afromontane vegetation of Ethiopia. Journal of Forestry Research 28(4): 787–793. DOI 10.1007/s11676-016-0350-y
- Getachew Tesfaye & Abiyot Berhanu (2006). Regeneration of Indigenous Woody Species in the Understory of Exotic Tree Species Plantations in Southwestern Ethiopia. Ethiop. J. Biol. Sci. 5: 31-43.
- Getachew Tesfaye & ABiyot Berhanu (2005). A review of ecology and management of Prosopis juliflora (Sw.) DC. in Arid and Semi-arid ecosystem of Ethiopia. Proceeding of the Regional Programme for Sustainable Use of Dryland Biodiversity. Pp. 18-21.