I have been visiting bamboo fields in China and India and happened to learn during my trip that only some (maybe only one) species of bamboo have edible leaves for cattle. Usually only the bacteria in Panda's tomach are strong enough to process bamboo leaves and moreover the bamboo leave fibers can hurt cattle stomachs.
Can bamboo be used as a water container? If it can, will it reduce the bamboo's lifetime? It will be really helpful if you can answer my question.
As a very big business growing and selling bamboo (culms), do you use the 'sheaths' as a product in any capacity? It has a 'balsa wood' quality and I just would love to know if you consider it a 'waste' product?
I am working with others developing a new kind of town and it would be consonant with the sustainability goals of the project if bamboo could replace some or all of the steel rebars in the concrete construction planned for all the buildings in such towns.