Bamboo flowering in Nehru Park concerns authorities
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Last Updated: Monday, April 19, 2010, 18:55
Hyderabad: Bamboo flowering in Nehru Zoological Park here has triggered concern among the Zoo officials, prompting them to cut off the bushes to prevent the aftermath associated with it.

"There was bamboo flowering at some place in the 40-acre spread Lion Safari Park in the Zoo. We immediately ordered the bushes to cut to prevent the increase of rodent population associated with it," Zoo park director Gopal Reddy said.

Bamboo which flowers after 40 to 50 years dies after the flowering and the dried fruit of the flower serves as a rich protein diet for rodents.

Mizoram, which had been faced with three cycles of bamboo flowering so far since 1907, suffered famine after the first two flowering cycles. The State Government had to offer Rs 1 for every rat tail to encourage people to kill rats.

"With the availability of rich-diet, the reproductive system of rodents will increase, resulting in multiple rat population. The rats used to raid villages and town in Mizoram for food, causing famine. However, since the flowering took place only in small patches in our Zoo Park, we successfully removed entire plantation," Reddy said.

He said they had to remove the bamboo plantation (Graminae variety) to prevent fire accidents and rat population.

The Zoo, which witnessed the first flowering after its inception in 1963, is said to be the first place in the State where bamboo flowered after 1978.


First Published: Monday, April 19, 2010, 18:55

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