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Bamboo (Reaktion Books - Botanical)

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 We may think of bamboo only as a snack for cuddly panda bears, but we use the plant as food, clothing, paper, fabric, and shelter. Drawing on a vast array of sources, this book builds a complete picture of bamboo in both history and our modern world. Susanne Lucas shows how bamboo has always met the physical and spiritual requirements of humanity while at the same time being exploited by people everywhere.
 
Lucas describes how bamboo’s special characteristics, such as its ability to grow quickly and thus be an easily replaced resource, offers potential solutions to modern ecological dilemmas. She explores the vital role bamboo plays in the survival of many animals and ecosystems, as well as its use for some of the earliest books ever written, as the framework for houses, and for musical instruments. As modern research and technologies advance, she explains, bamboo use has increased dramatically—it can now be found in the filaments of light bulbs, airplanes, the reinforcements of concrete, and even bicycles. Filled with illustrations, Bamboo is an interesting new take on a plant that is both very old and very new.

About the Author

 Susanne Lucas is president of the Bamboo Society of North American and a horticulturalist, designer, and landscape gardener based in Plymouth, Massachussetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1.            Distribution, Diversity and Classification

2.            Horticulture

3.            The Hand of Man

4.            Modern Potentials, Today and Tomorrow

5.            The Environment

Timeline

Appendix 1: Tribes and Subtribes of Bamboo

Appendix 2: Bamboo Gardens and Arboreta

References

Further Reading

Association and Websites

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780232010
Author:
Lucas, Susanne
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Lucas, Susanne
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Nature Studies-Botany
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Botanical
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
70 color plates, 30 halftones
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Home and Garden » Gardening » Grasses and Groundcover
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Grasses and Weeds
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Botany

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