The Ned Jaquith Foundation

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It is our pleasure to share with all the establishment
of the Ned Jaquith Foundation.

This non-profit foundation commemorates the legacy of Ned Jaquith, a consummate horticulturist and nurseryman who specialized in bamboo, and was particularly interested in bamboo research, propagation and art. He also was a guy who loved life, cherished his friends, and knew how to laugh. For many bambuseros, he was a respected mentor.

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and support bamboo research projects increasing the collective knowledge of bamboo. The Foundation will support the goals of the American Bamboo Society (ABS) but will be a separate working body, administered by an advisory committee. Grant funding will be provided to students and researchers who wish to work within the field of bamboo focused on such issues as botanical identification, wild and domestic collection, genetic preservation, propagation techniques, bamboo art and bamboo-related environmental concerns (i.e. habitat restoration, etc).

Thanks to kind permission granted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ABS, the Foundation has obtained non-profit status, allowing individuals, commercial businesses and other societies & organizations to give donations as tax-deductible contributions.

The NJF Charter Committee welcomes three new directors: Mary Felice Crowe of Portland, OR, David King of Benicia, CA, and Robert Saporito of Loxahatchee, FL. The Committee thanks retiring directors Galyn Carlile and Adam Williams for their support the past 4 years. Galyn was a terrific auctioneer and Adam was our competent treasurer. The current directors can be found here. One board member of the ABS will always be included on the Advisory Committee.

The Ned Jaquith Foundation is working hard to support bamboo research!

NJF Foundation Awards Three Grants for 2016/2017

The Ned Jaquith Foundation has awarded three $2,000 grants for the 2016/2017 year.

They are as follows:

> Bikes for the People – promotion of collective use and knowledge of bamboo through bamboo bike construction and alternative means of education. This project’s home is in the barrio of Tepito, Mexico City; the applicant is Jessica Zalapa Murillo. Three organizations are involved – Bambas bicicletas con bambu, Bambues y Forestales de Mexico, A.C., and Escuela de Paz Tepito. The grant money will pay for tools and materials for a mobile bamboo bike workshop. Participants will build their own bicycle solving transportation needs in the barrio where cars are unaffordable and use too much space, and where public transportation is inadequate.

> Phytomodulatory effects of fresh and processed shoots of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii on lipid profile and antioxidant defense system. Harjit Kaur Bajwa is the research scholar at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Young edible bamboo shoots have long been considered a delicacy in the Northeastern part of India and have a great potential as a food resource. People are using the traditional technology for processing and preserving bamboo shoots – fermentation, salting, boiling or drying. This study will evaluate the effects of preservation on the acceptability and nutritional content of D. hamiltonii. Utilization of this vast bamboo resource can generate employment opportunities for the weaker sections of the society for their social and economic upliftment.

 > Molecular phylogeny and micromorphological studies in Merostachys Spreng. (Bambusoideae: Bambuseae: Arthrostylidiinae). Ronaldo Vinicius da Silva is a doctoral candidate at Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil). Merostachys Spreng is a neotropical woody bamboo characterized by the presence of a discolor stripe in the lower surface of branch leaves. Fifty-one species are established in the understory and along forest edges from Mexico to Argentina. Brazil has the largest diversity of the genus concentrated in the Minas Gerais state. Additional field work is needed to obtain the most complete set of specimens possible and to obtain multiple collections of as many species as possible to better understand patterns of variation. Molecular work will provide the critical data for understanding the evolutionary history of the genus and its closest relatives and will provide the framework for establishing subgroups within Merostachys. This project will also focus on clearly defining already published species laying the foundation for building identification resources for Merostachys.

 The Ned Jaquith Foundation’s sole purpose is to support Bamboo research. All donations and proceeds from our annual event “Ned’s Bash” support Bamboo Research.

In October 2015, the NJF awarded three grants.

$2,000 has been awarded to Prof. Nirmala Chongtham, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India for the publication of a book titled Bamboo Shoots as Health Food. The book will be a compilation of fifteen years research during which survey work and scientific experiments have been conducted. At present there is no book dealing with the food value and health benefits of bamboo shoots; this book will be a new contribution.It will also provide information on how the usage of bamboo shoots can help in the economic development of the society and food security, especially in rural areas.

$2,500 has been awarded to the Hoyt Arboretum Friends, Portland, Oregon to support the completion of the Hoyt Arboretum Bamboo Forest Collection. This is the second year we have awarded this grant. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, Bamboo Garden Nursery and many volunteers have worked on this project for over a year. Off of Fischer Lane, the .36 acre site currently features over 85 plants (26 species) from around the world and will be the largest global bamboo collection in the Northwest. The Bamboo Forest will allow HAF to offer classes in bamboo identification, maintenance, Asian art, and create much needed song-bird habitat. The Bamboo Forest will open in the summer of 2016 and will be both aesthetically pleasing and educational with a stream, pond, water feature, trail, interpretive signage, research opportunities and guided tours.

$3,000 has been awarded to Hector F Archila-Santos, PhD Researcher at University of Bath for Bridging the gap between traditional and vernacular bamboo building techniques and state-of-the-art processing technologies and engineering knowledge. The project will be completed in 10 months starting in December 2015. A worldwide network of collaborators will work on the project generating new bamboo building solutions to improve its durability, dimensional stability and mechanical properties. These are key factors for the production of engineered structural bamboo projects that comply with local building codes and potentially can be included in international standards

In 2014,  the Foundation awarded two grants.  The first award was in the amount of $2,500, given to the “Hoyt Arboretum Bamboo Forest Collection” submitted by Hoyt Arboretum Friends, Portland Oregon,  and the second award of $950 to “Increasing Bamboo Agroforestry on the Galera Peninsula, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador” submitted by Rick Valley.


Chusquea nedjaquithii (Poaceae: Bambusoideae, Bambuseae, Chusqueinae), a new
endemic species from Oaxaca, Mexico -Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez, Teresa Mejía-Saulés, Lynn G. Clark

Chusquea is the most diverse among woody bamboo genera, with 174 described species. Not surprisingly, Chusquea is the most diverse bamboo genus in Mexico, and with the description of C. nedjaquithii the number of species will increase to 20, representing almost 45% of the total Mexican woody bamboo diversity. Based on fieldwork in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and revision of herbarium specimens we describe and illustrate C. nedjaquithii, a species endemic to the Sierra Madre del
Sur in Oaxaca, Mexico. 


There is also a Facebook page dedicated to Ned’s life and a recent article from Digger Magazine on Ned.

If you’d like to discuss any aspects of the Foundation, please contact us and we would be happy to talk with you about it.

Ned Jaquith Foundation
c/o Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Road
North Plains, OR 97133-8302

Phone is 503-647-2700