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Monday, August 4, 2008

Bamboo can play a deep role in saving the globe: scientist

CHENNAI: “Everybody is talking about the problem of global warming, but I have a solution for it,” says N.Barathi and displays a bamboo sapling wrapped like a bouquet.

Having sensed disbelief, he explains further, “Bamboo acts as a carbon sink. It absorbs excess Co2 [a greenhouse gas and cause of global warming] in the air with three to four times more efficiency than any other tree. Which means, the more bamboos we plant, the more Co2 is absorbed and thus we can stop contributing to global warming,” he says.

An agricultural scientist, Mr.Barathi worked with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore as assistant professor between 1984 and 1986 and ten years ago started his own tissue culture plant manufacturing company Growmore Biotech in Hosur.

Bamboo, he says, can effectively clean water pollution from septic tanks and factory effluents as it has a natural affinity for nitrogen, phosphorous and heavy metals.

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