EcoPlanet Bamboo Selected for Groasis Growboxx Test Program
13th April 2015
EcoPlanet Bamboo is excited to announce that the company's Southern Africa operations have been selected as one of the participants for Groasis Growboxx's 2015 test program.
As part of this program EcoPlanet Bamboo will receive 10 Growboxxes to test the Groasis technology on the growth and development of bamboo. We have chosen our Kowie Bamboo Farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape for the application of this program, due to it's low annual rainfall. The test program will compare bamboo clumps planted with the Growboxx against control plants.
The Groasis Growboxx is an alternative to irrigation, which relies on a combination of converting moisture in the air into usable water, and channeling this water directly to the plant's roots. Using this available water provides the young plant with a kick start and increases its chance of survival and rate of growth until it has a well developed root structure that can source water on its own.
Bamboo differs to plants and trees that are traditionally used for restoration purposes as it does not develop a deep rooting system, and therefore does not tap into deep reserves of ground water. In contrast bamboo's rooting system is shallow, penetrating the soil to less than a meter in depth. It's complex underground system of rhizomes and roots allows for the efficient acquisition of water and nutrients, while providing a range of benefits to the soil, from erosion control, to increased permeability.
EcoPlanet Bamboo believes that the Groasis Growboxx will provide plants in water scarce areas an advantage which will allow for faster establishment and decreased mortality due to water stress. Once plants are established and on their way to maturity, they are able to secure their own sources of water below ground, and the dense canopy cover formed results in increased rainfall. If the test is successful, it will open doors for bamboo to be used as a landscale restoration tool in areas of low rainfall and those already suffering the effects of climate change and desertification, acting as a succession plant and in turn creating micro-climates and increasing rainfall.< Back to news < Download article