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Wild bamboo stands fail to compensate for a heavy 1-year harvest of culm shoots

Franklin, Donald C. (2006). Wild bamboo stands fail to compensate for a heavy 1-year harvest of culm shoots. Forest Ecology and Management,237(1-Mar):115-118.

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Title Wild bamboo stands fail to compensate for a heavy 1-year harvest of culm shoots
Author Franklin, Donald C.
Journal Name Forest Ecology and Management
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 237
Issue Number 1-Mar
ISSN 0378-1127   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-37849185737
Start Page 115
End Page 118
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
0705 - Forestry Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Bamboo is an important resource for humans, particularly in Asia, providing shoots for food and calms for construction. It is also an ideal subject for intensive management. However, most of the resource is obtained from wild stands for which the sustainability of harvests is poorly documented and intensive management is often impractical or inappropriate. I conducted two shoot harvest trials in riparian stands of the north Australian bamboo Bambusa arnhemica F. Muell. (Poaceae), testing a harvest protocol in which stands are rotated among years. In both trials, harvest had no effect on recruit numbers, but recruits were markedly smaller than in control clumps. There was no residual effect of the harvest on recruit size or number in subsequent years. However, both trials demonstrated that the harvest clumps failed to increase recruitment in subsequent years to compensate for the loss of biomass in the harvest year. This rotational harvest system cannot be recommended because a cumulative loss of biomass is predicted with multiple harvest cycles. Alternative management protocols involving within-season harvest limits may prove practical for wild bamboos, but achieving sustainability in the absence of intensive management may not be easy.
Keywords Bambusa arnhemica
monsoonal northern Australia
sustainable utilization
rotational harvest
bambusa arnhemic
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