Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 122–126 | Cite as

Histo-anatomical and bio-chemical study of Dendrocalamus brandisii (Munro) Kurz before, during and after flowering

  • Surendra S. Bisht
  • Anil K. Sethy
  • Amita Pandey
Original Article


Histo-chemical and bio-chemical changes associated with all the stages of flowering of Dendrocalamus brandisii have been studied. Starch distribution along and across the culm-wall was assessed qualitatively and quantitatively using standard methods. The average starch content varies significantly among the different stages of the culm. The average starch content was lowest in after-flowering culms (3.5%) followed by during flowering culms (7.8%) and maximum in non-flowered bamboo (10.8%). Further it is seen that the starch content also vary long the culm height. High concentration of starch was observed towards the top in before-flowering culms, while the distribution of starch was found to be uniform along the culm height in during-flowering culms. However, in after-flowered culms, comparatively more starch granules were observed in the middle of the culms and very traces were observed both in base and top portion of the culms. Although there was variation in the starch content along the culm heights, these variations were not statistically significant. Histo-chemical and bio-chemical studies on bamboo culms indicate that the starch content of D. brandisii culms depletes after flowering. It was also observed that culms with less starch content (after flowering culms) were more resistant towards powder post beetle attack.


Bamboo Dendrocalamus brandisii Histo-chemistry Bio-chemistry Starch 



The authors sincerely thank D.G., ICFRE for providing financial support for this study. Director, Institute of Wood Science and Technology is gratefully acknowledged for his encouragement during the course of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Surendra S. Bisht
    • 1
  • Anil K. Sethy
    • 2
  • Amita Pandey
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry of Forest Products DivisionInstitute of Wood Science and TechnologyMalleshwaram, BengaluruIndia
  2. 2.Wood Properties and Engineered Wood DivisionInstitute of Wood Science and TechnologyMalleshwaram, BengaluruIndia

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