Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 233–242 | Cite as

Plantation future of bamboo in China

  • Zhao-hua Li
  • Mikio Kobayashi


In the past, utilization of bamboo resources in China has been traditionally dominated by direct consumption of local farmers as minor forest products with weak linkage with market. In recent years, the over-supply of grains and rapid degradation of agricultural environment call for alternative crops that can be developed through integrating the environmental plantation with the market demands. Closely associated with forestry and agriculture, bamboo is able to deal with the new challenges which China’s agriculture is facing. Of 534 documented bamboo species in China, 153 species produce edibleshoots and of which 56 species are recommended for agricultural plantation; 139 species provide timbers and of which 58 species recommended; 116 species can be splited as good strips for weaving and of which 22 species recommended; 88 species are considered as garden bamboos and of which 34 species recommended; 45 species are able to produce paper pulp and of which 18 species recommended.

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Agriculture Bamboo Edible shoot Timber Weaving China 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhao-hua Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mikio Kobayashi
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Resources and Environmental ScienceHubei UniversityWuhanP. R. China
  2. 2.Department of Forest Science, Faculty of AgricultureUtsunomiya UniversityUtsunomiyaJapan

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