Botanical Survey of India gets patent for bamboo based reusable straw.

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) has been granted recently, a patent by the Government of India for a “reusable straw and its manufacturing” process.

More about the news

  • This reusable straw is created using a bamboo species called Schizostachyum Andamanicum, which is native to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The bamboo species was discovered on the islands around 30 years ago, and its economic potential has been recognized with the patent for the reusable straw.
  • The development of the bamboo straw began in 2011 at the Dhanikhari Experimental Garden-cum-Arboretum, part of the BSI Regional Centre.
  • The morpho-anatomical structure of the bamboo’s culm internodes was found to be similar to modern synthetic drinking straws, leading to the invention.
  • Commercial production of the bamboo straws will depend on the cultivation of this endemic bamboo species in forested areas of the Andaman Islands.

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(Topic: GS3: Environment & Biodiversity)

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