Bamboo in panel form is well suited to substitute wood and therefore, development/refinement of cost-effective technologies to produce bamboo-based panels is an important area of research. In 1990, the International Development Research Centre of Canada commissioned an evaluation on past research and research needs for bamboo and rattan. The report issued in 1991 indicated the
need for further attention on bamboo panels. When INBAR was being formally established, a network meeting was held in June 1993 which endorsed the need for a review of the status of bamboo panels and boards. Accordingly, INBAR commissioned a study and this report is the result.