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Posted Sat May 29 2010: from Charlottesville Daily Progress:
Creeping kudzu poses new threat
Researchers have found a new reason to hate kudzu, the much maligned and rapidly spreading invasive plant that is often referred to as the "vine that ate the South." Kudzu, a green leafy vine native to Japan and southeastern China, emits the chemicals isoprene and nitric oxide, which combine with nitrogen in the air to form ozone -- a pollutant that can be harmful to human health and crops, trees and other vegetation. A new study has found that kudzu is a significant contributor to surface ozone pollution and the problem is projected to grow as the vine continues to spread.
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'Doc Michael says:
Soon, we shall call it the "vine that ate the planet."
Hey, maybe we could turn kudzu into a biofuel! Anybody ever try that? Please reply in the field to the left if you know something about this!

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