World Bamboo Day celebrated in JNTBGRI

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, celebrated the World Bamboo Day on 18th September 2016 with fervor and enthusiasm.



About World Bamboo Day
First bamboo day declared at Bangkok on 18th September 2009, during 8th world bamboo congress.
Aim: To increase global awareness about Bamboos
Objectives: to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for industries, as well as promote traditional uses locally and for community economic development.

Bamboo Day 2016 -JNTBGRI
Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), celebrated the World Bamboo Day on 18th September 2016. Following were the programmes:

1.Awareness classes:
Topic 1: ‘Bamboo Research and Bambusetum of JNTBGRI- History and Prospects’
Presented by: Dr. K.C. Koshy
Topic 2: ‘Bamboo - The Amazing Grass’
Presented by: Dr. B. Gopakumar
Final year BSc Botany students from Iqbal College, Peringammala and teachers.
Research Scholars, Scientists and staff members from JNTBGRI.

2.Honoring of pioneer bamboo researchers, once part of JNTBGRI Bamboo Biology:
Dr. K.C. Koshy, former Scientist and Founder of JNTBGRI Bambusetum
Dr. P.S. Santhoshlal, Pioneer in Bamboo Hybridization in India (produced the 1st Indian Bamboo Hybrid and has the credit of generating a total of 7 hybrids)
Dr. G. Jee, Unraveled self incompatibility secrets in bamboos
Mr. D. Harikumar, Collected bamboo species from every nuke and corner of Kerala Forests to Bambusetum
Dr. S. Ajikumaran Nair, Introduced germplasm and enriched the Bambusetum
Mr. K.P. Dintu, Systematically documented the living and dry specimen collection

3.New species sapling distribution:
Inaugural distribution of Bambusa mizorameana polybag seedlings developed in JNTBGRI Bambusetum. It is an endemic bamboo of the North East India, originally described from Mizoram. Seeds of this species were collected from the state of Assam on 11.3.2016, from which seedlings were raised. This species is useful for agricultural purposes such as props, pandals, etc and were utilized for implements and for handicrafts. Since very gracious, they are grown as an avenue plant also.

4.New species planted to Bambusetum: Bambusa jaintiana:
The Bamboo Day-2016 programme was inaugurated at 10 am by the Director, Dr A.G. Pandurangan. Dr. P.K. Sureshkumar, Dr. Mathew Dan, Dr. K.K. Sabu and Dr. C.G. Sudha, Scientists, joined Director(i/c) in honoring the invited dignitaries and discussion to open up new research avenues.

In the awareness class ‘Bamboo Research and Bambusetum of JNTBGRI- History and Prospects’, which followed, Dr. K. C Koshy explained the history of bamboo research in JNTBGRI. He detailed how he could conceive the idea of a living bamboo collection and could get it sanctioned. He explained the hurdles and milestones in its buildup. He has detailed its present strength and future prospects.

Dr. K. C. Koshy has also stressed on the need to have more scientific documentation of collections and educational displays. He proudly endorsed the importance of JNTBGRI -Bambusetum, with 78 species spread out in an area of 16.28 acres. Importance of live collection in commercial multiplication, reproductive biology; bio chemical, palynological and molecular studies were reiterated. The services offered through Bambusetum, viz, as a demo plot for farmers to select suitable species for their end; saplings prepared and distributed at subsidized rates and serving taxonomists and reproductive biologists to make close study, were listed.
This was continued by topic ‘Bamboo - The Amazing Grass’, by Dr. B. Gopakumar, who explained the basic features, economic and ecologic utilities and strategies for sustenance. The importance of bamboos as a renewable resource, plant for ecorestoration, river bank protection and farm forestry were detailed.
After concluding the awareness classes, delegates assembled for a discussion on future research programmes. The discussion was useful and could frame projects to be undertaken immediately.

The delegates, together with organizers, visited important accessions in the Bambusetum and discussed on features, yet to study.The programme ended at 1.30 pm and thereafter participants joined for lunch.


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