Natural resistance of Bamboo (Bambusa sp.) to marine wood-borers in Goa waters (India)
L N Santhakumaran, S G Sawant
The paper deals with the natural durability of Bambusa sp. against the attack of marine wood-borers in Goa waters. Test specimens of this species were completely destroyed within a short period of nine months due to severe attack of borers indicating its very low natural resistance. Wood-borers involved were Martesia striata (Linnaeus), Nausitora hedleyi Schepman and Lyrodus pedicellatus (Quatrefages). The need for improving the durability of bamboo by suitable preservation techniques for its effective utilisation under marine conditions has been highlighted in the paper.
Keywords: NATURAL DURABILITY; BAMBOO; MARINE BORERS; GOA; INDIA