Bamboo: table of contents

Chapter 1. The Value of Bamboo.

  • Utilisation.
  • Traditional Uses.
  • Water pipes.
  • For animal fodder.
  • Paper making.
  • Other aspects of the value of bamboo.
  • The ability to absorb Carbon dioxide, to be ‘carbon dioxide sinks’.
  • Establishing a forest.
  • Improving the cultivation of bamboo.

Chapter 2. Factors which have held back the growing of Bamboo in Nepal, and possibly other countries.

  • 2.1 There are traditional beliefs about people dying when bamboos die.
  • 2.2 Traditionally people have only been able to propagate bamboo in the monsoon.
  • 2.3 Lack of control over grazing animals, which find bamboo leaves and shoots palatable.
  • 2.4 Theft. When there are relatively few bamboos theft can be a problem.
  • 2.5 Ideas about flowering and then dying.
  • 2.6 Propagation.

Chapter 3. The Practical Approach.

Chapter 4. How to use the book when planning to plant Bamboo.

  • 4.1 General information on planting bamboo.
  • 4.2 How can we tell if a particular species can be grown using culm cuttings?
  • 4.3 How can we tell if we can grow cuttings from rhizome sections?
  • 4.4 Planting and care.
  • 4.5 To recap.

Chapter 5. Identifying different Bamboos.

  • Parts.
  • Types of growth.
  • Forms of the culms.
  • The branch formation.
  • Leaf parts.
  • Culm sheaths.
  • Flower types.
  • How to identify different bamboos?

Chapter 6. Examples of species Descriptions.

Chapter 7. Bamboo Propagation by Seeds.

  • 7.1 Reasons in favour of this method.
  • 7.2 Reasons against propagation by seeds.

Chapter 8. Bamboo Propagation by Cuttings.

  • 8.1 Why should we use vegetative propagation?
  • 8.2 It is important to make cuttings from culms which are at the right stage of development.
  • 8.3 How to tell which is the correct stage.
  • 8.4 Increasing material available.
  • 8.5 How old should the culm be?
  • 8.6 When to make the cuttings?
  • 8.7 How to cut?
  • 8.8 What size of culm is suitable?
  • 8.9 How many nodes (joints) with branches should there be in one cutting?
  • 8.10 An alternative method is the Man Bahadur or multi-node method.
  • 8.11 What to do with the branches and the leaves?
  • 8.12 How to divide the culm?
  • 8.13 The "Man Bahadur Method" has several nodes.
  • 8.14 Care of the cuttings.
  • 8.15 Planting out.
  • 8.16 Suggested planting depths for different conditions.
  • 8.17 General notes on planting.

Chapter 9. Bamboo Propagation by Rooted Culm (Rooted Poles).

  • 9.1 Introduction.
  • 9.2 What age should the rooted culm be?
  • 9.3 It would be good to have more research into these two factors, the length of the culm and the use of centre of clump rhizomes.
  • 9.4 Time of the year to plant.
  • 9.5 Prepare the holes.
  • 9.6 Select the rhizomes.
  • 9.7 Removing the culm.
  • 9.8 Cutting rhizomes.
  • 9.9 Digging out the rhizome.
  • 9.10 Moving the rhizomes.
  • 9.11 Planting out.
  • 9.12 Culm and Rhizome planting.
  • 9.13 Aerial Layering / Marcotting.

Chapter 10. The Propagation of Creeping/running Bamboo Species.

Chapter 11. Planting of Clumps, Groves and Forest.

  • 11.1 Introduction.
  • 11.2 For tight clump type bamboos.
  • 11.3 Forest and plantation planting in general.
  • 11.4 For planting on gullies, landslides and river banks

Chapter 12. Management of Clumps, Groves and Forest.

  • 12.1 Introduction.
  • 12.2 How often and how much to harvest?
  • 12.3 When to harvest?
  • 12.4 Methods of harvesting from large clumps.
  • 12.5 Bamboo growing with large trees.
  • 12.6 Sometimes bamboo is used as a nurse crop for timber trees.

Chapter 13. Pests and Diseases.

  • 13.1 Introduction.
  • 13.2 Bamboo scale.
  • 13.3 Bamboo aphid.
  • 13.4 Bamboo borers.
  • 13.5 Bamboo Blight
  • 13.6 Bamboo shoot maggot.
  • 13.7 Bamboo growing with large trees.
  • 13.8 Summary.

Chapter 14. Suggestions for Useful Research.

  • 14.1 Botany.
  • 14.2 There needs to be a greater appreciation of the potential of bamboo, from many points of view.
    • 14.2a) It can be grown under a wide range of conditions.
    • 14.2b) It can be used to recover and stabilise areas denuded by forest felling, fires or landslides.
    • 14.2c) It is the poor mans timber.
    • 14.2d) Bamboo forest attracts rainfall and retards and absorbs rainwater runoff.
    • 14.2e) Bamboo forest can replace forests which have been cleared as CO2 sinks.
    • 14.2f) Bamboo is relatively easy to harvest and transport.
    • 14.2g) Bamboo has very many uses for producing items as different as small handicrafts and solid beams for building; and paper to plywood.
  • 14.3 There is a need for appropriate local trials, with both local and other species.
    • 14.3a) An example of what was not appropriate.
    • 14.3b) Simple but practical records must be kept
  • 14.4 Some of the trials to determine the best method for local and species conditions.
    • 14.4a) Man Bahadur Method
    • 14.4b) Short culm cuttings.
    • 14.4c) Conduct trials on ways to layer culms.
    • 14.4d) Trials with creeping bamboos.
    • 14.4e) Can the new rooted shoots of layered culms of creeping bamboos be cut apart and transplanted?
    • 14.4f) Transplanting rooted layered culms, perhaps for instance to hold eroding areas.
    • 14.4g) Trials of non local bamboos.
    • 14.4h) Trials of planting spreading bamboos around the edges of landslides.
    • 14.4i) Trying larger spreading bamboo’s,
    • 14.4j) Trials of older rhizomes.
  • 14.5 A look at ways in which bamboo could be profitably grown, harvested and used.
    • 14.5a) Investigate the possibility of making bamboo plywood in countries which do not have facilities for it but have or could have large enough quantities of bamboo to make it worthwhile to produce this very useful material.
    • 14.5b) Investigate the wider use of bamboo for paper and cardboard production.
    • 14.5c) Bamboo could also be grown in many other areas adjoining roads.
  • 14.6 Developing suitable tools and crafts
  • 14.7 Research into pest management.
  • 14.8 Trial and demonstration areas should be established.

Chapter 15. Summary.

  • 15.1 General summary.
  • 15.2 Summary of Bamboo species.

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