Bambusa nigra  

  
Phyllostachys aurea  

  
Sasa auricoma  

  

  

  


Bamboo is one of the most environment friendly plants. It is the fastest growing plant on earth and has amazing potential to reduce carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere by releasing more oxygen compared to equivalent strand of plants. It is a great building material and its every part is economically valuable. The high regenerating potential makes bamboo an ideal material for sustainable development. CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology has rich collection of bamboo germplasm. There are 43 varieties of bamboos in the campus including edible and ornamental bamboos. Institute has developed novel protocols for macro and micropropagation of bamboos. Large scale planting materials have been provided to farmers, entrepreneurs and foresters. Also, Institute has developed a technology to convert bamboo shoots into high value charcoal through an indigenously designed charcoal making devise. In collaboration with CSKHPKV Palampur, delicious bamboo candies have been developed.

  

Charcoal making devise designed by IHBT
Bamboo charcoal
Bamboo candies

 

To highlight the importance of bamboo, a unique bamboo museum has been constructed on the campus using bamboo as the building material. The walls, roof and the floors are made of treated bamboos and the openings in the ceiling is aesthetically fitted with fiber glass to allow sunlight for natural lighting. It displays articles and products made of bamboos. The museum is the brain child of Dr. P.S. Ahuja, Director-IHBT and inspired by both Dr. P.S. Ahuja and Dr. Anil Sood. The architect is M/S S.D Sharma, Panchkula Haryana and constructed by Uttaranchal Bamboo and Fiber Board, Dehradun under the superintendence of Er. R.K. Bindal Sr. S.E and Er. Anil Koundal AE.


(100% financial assistance from CSIR)

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