Original Paper

Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 431-434

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Biomass and nutrient cycling in bamboo (Bambusa bambos) plantations of tropical areas

  • P. ShanmughavelAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, Bhatathiar University
  • , K. FrancisAffiliated withDepartment of Botany, Bhatathiar University

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Biomass productivity and nutrient cycling in a Bambusa bambos plantation aged 4, 5, and 6 years were studied. The dry matter production of above-ground biomass increased progressively with age. Nutrient quantities in bamboo stands were in a range of 1–2 t ha-1 for N and K, 0.5–1 t ha-1 for Ca and Mg, and 0.1–0.2 t ha-1 for P. Nutrient concentrations increased with the age of the plantation. About 10% year-1 the nutrients present in the biomass of the bamboo stand are recycled to the soil by litter fall.

Key words

Nutrient cycling Bamboo plantation Bambusa bambos Biomass harvest Eucalyptus spp. Dalbergia sissoo Pinus patula