The 'Bamboo Lady' Of Los Banos
Agriculture|August 2019

THE BAMBOO is the fastest growing grass and the most important non-timber commodity in the forest ecosystem of the world. Its wood has many uses including construction of buildings, furniture, and handicrafts. It is planted in denuded areas for soil and water conservation as well as for ornamental landscapes. Bamboo groves are more efficient than tree forests in sequestering carbon dioxide for mitigating climate change or global warming.

A scientist of the University of the Philippines Los Baños’ Institute of Plant Breeding, Dr. Merdelyn Caasi-Lit, has made it her passion and advocacy to promote the planting of bamboo in the country. Hailing from Tagum City (Davao del Norte), she grew up helping her late father, Merdonio Caasi, grow the “laak” (an endemic bamboo species in Mindanao) in their farm that supplied the bamboo props for banana plantations. Her father was regarded as the “Father of Bamboo in Davao.”

Interestingly, Dr. Caasi-Lit, who is fondly known as “Doc Bing” to friends, told us that Los Baños has two barangays that are named after bamboos – Anos (Schizostachyum lima) and Bayog (Bambusa meriliana). Even the famous landmark of the university town, Mt. Makiling, is named after the bamboo kiling (Bambusa vulgaris).

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