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Kudzu

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Friday October 7, 2011

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: The Vine that Ate the South. Brought in from Asia originally to help combat soil erosion, this invasive has succeeded entirely too well, covering many thousands of acres and swallowing up whole forests, suffocating trees for lack of sunshine. It's also difficult to kill; herbicides have little effect on it. Grazing by goats is one method of control. This vine grows so fast, people also call it the "yard-a-night plant" -- but they don't say whether they mean the front yard or the back yard.

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8. ChrisAnthemum
3:57 PM GMT on October 09, 2011
Linda, it's kind of like fleas, rats, or Japanese beetles; we never get rid of them, only learn how to control them. Thanks for taking a look and learning something!
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7. LindyLu60
5:36 AM GMT on October 09, 2011
Gosh I feel a bit out of it...never heard of it before. Hopefully someone discovers a way to utilize it in a positive way.
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6. ChrisAnthemum
12:12 AM GMT on October 09, 2011
Thank you for commenting, Charlotte and Steve, and thanks for all the info, Charlotte!
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5. backwardguy
11:02 PM GMT on October 08, 2011
Don't mess with Mother Nature! This sounds serious. Thanks for the info!
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4. llpj04
9:35 PM GMT on October 08, 2011
If current scientific theories on global change are accurate, long term
trends in Kudzu spread may easily surpass 50,000 hectares a year. Anticipated
changes in the Eastern United States include higher temperatures,
higher CO2 levels, and increased natural habitat fragmentation (Rogers
and McCarty 2000). Kudzu’s growth rate responds positively with increases
in CO2 (Sasek and Strain 1988 1989). Higher temperatures and
their effects (including longer growing seasons and a warmer northern
growing range) favor Kudzu’s aggressive vegetative reproduction characteristics.
Additionally, higher light zones of forest edges and disturbances
associated with habitat fragmentation favor Kudzu.

all you want to know about kudzu:
http://www.cecer.army.mil/techreports/ERDC_TR-08- 10/ERDC_TR-08-10.pdf
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3. ChrisAnthemum
7:07 PM GMT on October 08, 2011
Thank you, Joel and Katy, for your comments. Some uses have been found for the vine; parts of it are edible by livestock and humans. But so far, we have a whole lot more of it than we need. I just feel fortunate that there is none of this on my own property.
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2. katy99780
5:53 PM GMT on October 08, 2011
Maybe a bio-fuel future....?
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1. RNJoel
5:22 PM GMT on October 08, 2011
This vine is something else - I've seen some of it in Mid-Missouri and it does take over anything in its way. - Nice series
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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