Brazil and China plan cooperation in the study of bamboo

25 October 2017

A delegation from the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) travelled to Brasília to discuss with genetic and biotechnology company Embrapa ways to increase the exchange of genetic material of bamboo between the two countries and sending varieties of bamboo from China to Brazil.


In addition to the exchange of genetic material, working with China will involve research on adaptation of Chinese species to Brazilian conditions, genetic characterisation, conservation and multiplication based on in vitro propagation techniques.


China is now the world’s largest producer of bamboo, which is widely used in civil construction and in more than 450 products and technologies and 2,000 studies in sectors such as food, art, architecture, the manufacture of paper and clothing, in which bamboo fibre is used to manufacture high quality artificial silk.


China has been training Brazilian technicians as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2011 by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).


The Chinese delegation will also visit Acre, where it will visit local bamboo producers, as well as São Paulo and Manaus.


Brazil has the largest biodiversity of bamboo in the Americas and one of the largest in the world, with approximately four million hectares of forests in the Amazon and more than 230 native species from Brazil in virtually all regions of the country. (macauhub)