Kudzu-eating pest found in northeast Georgia
Posted by keelynet on November 20, 2009
A few years ago, my company sent me to Georgia to assist in training and setup control systems. I was there two weeks so had time to drive around and hang out with the locals. Everywhere there was this dense foliage covering telephone polls, old houses, barns and other structures. They told me it was a Japanese plant called kudzu and was very hard to control or kill. But some of the locals were using it to make baskets and other items, though they would rather it just be gone because it grew so fast and overtook everything in its path. So this item caught my interest;
“Researchers from the University of Georgia and Dow AgroSciences have identified a kudzu-eating pest in northeast Georgia that has never been found in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, the bug also eats legume crops, especially soybeans. Suiter says the pest’s populations are, for now, contained to northeast Georgia.
It’s an “invasive species feeding on an invasive species.” Introduced to the U.S. in 1876 from Japan, kudzu was planted in the 1930s to control soil erosion. It now tops the nation’s invasive species list. “We have no idea what the long-term impact on kudzu will be, but we also have to consider the fact that it feeds on crops, too,” he said. “
It’s kind of a double-edged sword. It eats kudzu, which is good, but it also stinks and gets on homes. And the ominous threat is that it eats soybeans and other legume crops.”” – Full Article Source
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