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#1 2016-01-02 21:47:24

SpaceNut
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bamboo

Plot0004 Sagan city Bamboo for Teraformer

From

louis wrote:

Lest we forget: crops aren't all about food.

I'd like to fly the flag for bamboo -

"Bamboos are the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of bamboo can grow 91 cm (3 ft) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 4 cm (1.5 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or one inch every 40 minutes). Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo

The bamboo plant has a wide range of uses including in construction.  It can be used to fashion utensils and tools, provide flooring, and make furniture. It can even be used as piping for water. 

It would be a lot easier to start producing bamboo on Mars than steel. So I would suggest that it is a serious candidate for one of the early crops. 

I've often wondered about bamboo's qualities at v. low temperatures.  Does anyone know?

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#2 2016-01-02 21:52:08

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Re: bamboo

This particular crop would seem to fit in Tom's New New York theme of recreating earth under glass....

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#3 2016-03-17 16:05:36

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Re: bamboo

Bamboo is certainly useful. Care should be taken in that bamboo can be somewhat invasive in its growth.

I think hemp would be a no-brainer as well.
http://www.hempbasics.com/shop/hemp-information

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#4 2016-07-05 05:37:26

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Re: bamboo

Some varieties of bamboo produce edible shoots as well. Strong fibers can be extracted from it and it has great merit for structures. Its Achille's heel is its lack of durability on earth and this would prevent its permanent, structural use inside a habit, but that may not be an issue when exposed to martian (or moon etc) conditions.

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#5 2016-07-09 11:53:11

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Re: bamboo

The martian environmental conditions would be isolated from any crops as they could not survive to grow if we did not do that. As far as edible sure all the more food types that can be grown all the better for the crews to survive on....

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#6 2016-07-12 12:42:34

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Re: bamboo

I was thinking in terms of use of bamboo for structures (like Chinese scaffolding for instance), when I introduced its lack of durability. It would be an issue if it were used inside a habitat, but not if used outside.
Some tests would be needed to establish the effects of the cold dry ultra low pressure environment on cut and seasoned bamboo before it could be considered for structures outside.

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#7 2019-08-10 15:32:49

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Re: bamboo

The question then is just how much do we need for an early or later mars settlement?
What is the items which once we have the seeds or shutes there to grow?
How would we havest and use the Bamboo on mars?

See secondary topic as well http://newmars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=6154

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#8 2019-08-11 14:15:57

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Re: bamboo

Concentrating the post knowledge to the topic

SpaceNut wrote:

This shows the start to finished product for any paper products.
toilet-paper-making-machine.jpg

https://bestonpapermachine.com/toilet-p … g-machine/

hybrid product
https://cabooproducts.com/how-its-made/

Bamboo harvesting takes place within two years of initial sprouting. Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees and absorbs huge quantities of carbon dioxide. And—unlike trees—cutting bamboo actually promotes its growth.

http://www.toiletpaperhistory.net/toile … aper-made/

So which topic should we collect discusion as it has growth for food or fiber, oxygen creation, cleaning up of grey water, processing equipment to use it for paper or other purposes...this is one reason we have such issues for being able to plan such product into a mission planning as we lack all of the details which can be found as common to other topics such as the greenhouse construction and materials used for below of above ground.

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