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Bambusa bambos: an ideal species for commercial plantation.

Abstract

The suitability of Bambusa bambos for plantation production was assessed in Tamil Nadu, India, from 1987 to 1993. Seedlings were raised in polythene bags and subsequently in nursery beds. After about 9 months they were transplanted to the field. Culm emergence took place in the year after planting. The number of culms gradually increased from 5 culms/clump in the first year to 17 culms/clump in the sixth year. Culm biomass increased to 242.7 t/ha in the sixth year. Based on pulp and paper characteristics, a 36-months cutting cycle is suggested for pulp production. The plantation is not profitable during the first 3 years, after which good financial results can be obtained. KEYWORDS: TROPAG | Bambusa bambos | bamboos | Bambusa | cultivation | productivity | profitability | INDIA | Tamil Nadu.