Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 431–434

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

  • P. Shanmughavel
  • K. Francis
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF00335918

Cite this article as:
Shanmughavel, P. & Francis, K. Biol Fertil Soils (1996) 23: 431. doi:10.1007/BF00335918


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 cyclingBamboo plantationBambusa bambosBiomass harvestEucalyptus spp.Dalbergia sissooPinus patula

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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Shanmughavel
    • 1
  • K. Francis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyBhatathiar UniversityCoimbatoreIndia