January 31st, 12:30-2:30
Hoyt Arboretum, Bill DeWeese Classroom, Portland OREGON
Presentation Title: Looking into Moso plantations, China
I have been working as an independent consultant to commercial companies interested in developing bamboo plantations in the U.S. Most recently, concerns regarding the availability of bamboo plants for research plots, and the clonal integrity of bamboo seedlings produced in-vitro, have led me to question of the feasibility of growing moso bamboo as a source for paper pulp in the United States.
China is reported to have both the largest and the fastest growing bamboo sector, involving more than ten million bamboo farmers, providing 35 million jobs and generating a market value of over 10.5 billion U.S. dollars of exports of various bamboo products for the global market. Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens [syn. edulis]) has the highest ecological, economic and cultural value of all bamboos in Asia, accounting for almost 70% of the total area of bamboo growth. This bamboo alone is valued at 5 billion U.S. dollars of annual forest production in China. For these reasons, I traveled to China to find out first-hand about moso plantation development, and other aspects of moso cultivation that is required for successful translation in the United States.
I went to China in February 2014 to ask questions and visit plantations. Please come hear and see my impressions.
Susanne Lucas, Horticulturist
9 Bloody Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA
Executive Director, Ned Jaquith Foundation, www.nedjaquithfoundation.org
Executive Director, World Bamboo Organization, www.worldbamboo.net
Vice President, American Bamboo Society