Journal of Wood Science

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 622–627 | Cite as

Green color protection of bamboo culms using one-step alkali pretreatment-free process

  • Jyh-Horng Wu
  • Min-Jay Chung
  • Shang-Tzen ChangEmail author


This study evaluated the protection effectiveness of alcohol-borne reagents for the green color of ma bamboo (Dendrocalamus latiflorus Munro) and moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens Mazel). The results show that the types and concentrations of alcohol-borne reagents, the kinds of solvent, and the conditions of treatment greatly affected the green color of these two bamboo species. Without alkali pretreatment, an excellent green color protection (a* = −14.5) was obtained when the ma bamboo culms were treated with 0.5% methanol-borne copper chloride (CuCl2) at 60°C for 30 min. Similar results were also obtained when ma bamboo culms were treated with 0.5% methanol-borne copper nitrate [Cu(NO3)2] at 60°C for 2 h (a* = −13.5). For moso bamboo, an attractive green color in the bamboo culms was achieved by treating the specimens with 1% methanol-borne copper acetate [Cu(CH3COO)2] at 60°C for 30 min. The a* value of treated specimens was −13.3. In addition, results demonstrated that ultrasonic treatment was more effective on green color protection than conventional water bath treatment. When moso bamboo was treated with 1% copper acetate at 60°C in an ultrasonic bath for only 15 min, a remarkable green color with an a* value of −13.6 was obtained on the bamboo epidermis.

Key words

Green color protection Bamboo Alkali pretreatment-free process Alcohol-borne reagents Ultrasonic treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Forestry and Resource ConservationNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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