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News and Events: Bamboo Pioneers

Linda Garland, World Bamboo Pioneer

Linda Garland receives World Bamboo Pioneer Award, and honored by the American Bamboo Society for her lifetime commitment to bamboo science, utilization and promotion. Photo by Rio Helmi. Thanks to American designer Paulina Hermansen of Oceanika Living.


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Choi Hyungsik, South Korea

Governor Choi has made a tremendous impact on the county of Damyang, revitalizing its bamboo sector by expanding its bamboo industry for modern and sustainable utilization. Today, thanks to Governor Choi, the local bamboo resources are carefully maintained and managed to sustainably supply bamboo culms and shoots for emerging new markets.

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Jorge Moran Ubidia, Ecuador

Professor Morán was one of the first to compare the physical properties of bamboo with wood and recognize the great structural strength of some bamboo species. Feeling an affinity for the spectacular native timber bamboo, he devoted his life to researching and using this resource.

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Thomas Soderstrom, USA

Tom Soderstrom was an American agrostologist, which means he studied the botany of grasses (family Gramineae or Poaceae). He was Curator of Grasses at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for over twenty years.

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Dina Nath Tewari, India

Dr. Tewari has spent more than five decades in promoting sustainable management of natural resources and nation building for eradication of poverty and hunger while protecting the environment, and has received international acclaim for achieving sustainability.

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Charley Owen Younge, The Netherlands

Charley Younge was an enthusiastic promoter and advocate for bamboo, and a successful innovator for branding bamboo as a modern material. Charley was passionately engaged with bamboo, and his zest earned him a reputation worldwide for his knowledge about the bamboo plant and its development as an alternative to wood.

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Zhu Zhaohua, China

Zhu has been invited to 45 countries for the purposes of academic and technical exchange. Zhu is considered an international expert of worldwide influence in many countries. His publication, Sustainable Development of the Bamboo and Rattan Sectors in Tropical China, is a benchmark for the modern management schemes and develop projects worldwide.

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Oscar Hidalgo-Lopez, Colombia

In 2003, Oscar Hidalgo published an incredible book entitled, Bamboo – The Gift of the Gods. Essentially it is a testament of his life’s discoveries involving his study of bamboo. It is a triumph to his dedication and commitment. It is standing proof of his bamboo pioneering spirit.

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Wenyu Hsiung, the Peoples Republic of China

Wenyu Hsiung was born July 9th, 1915 in Chong Qing county of Sichuan Province. He graduated from the Forestry Department of Sichuan University, receiving his Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in 1940. He remained on the staff as a faculty member after graduation. Four years later, he was promoted to a lecturer.

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