Malaysia to increase bamboo in construction

The Biotechnology Research Institute at the University of Malaysia in Sabah province has worked on bamboo tissue culture to create bamboo for the use in development of construction materials. The research team at BRI is perfecting cultivation of giant timber bamboo species, notably Dendrocalamus asper (Betung Bamboo) and Gigantochloa levis (Poring Bamboo).

These bamboo varieties possess exceptional strength, durability and rapid growth rates making them suitable for use in construction. The widespread use of bamboo in the construction industry has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with resource intensive materials while simultaneously contributing to the preservation of forests.



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