Bamboo Bloom: The Rare Event That Could Wipe Out Entire Forests
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Scientists discovered a bamboo plant that only flowers once every 120 years. And then promptly dies. Talk about a party animal! The researchers were hoping to study how the bamboo regenerates, but it turns out that it doesn’t. At all. So, the next time these bamboos bloom, it’s going to be a disaster for bamboo production and the environment. The authors expect regeneration of the bamboo to be slow, lasting several years where the bamboo cannot be harvested, having a sizeable economic impact. “Another concern regarding this dieback are the environmental impacts,” they add, “which may lead to drastic changes in vegetation and land cover.” So, if you’re looking for a party that’s gonna go off with a bang, look no further than the next bamboo flower bloom!