Gallery: Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Co...

 

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded non-profit organization working to develop a large-scale biofuels industry in the state, lists the plant Arundo donax (also known as “giant reed” or “giant cane”) as one of the energy grasses being investigated as a potential feedstock crop for the state. However, David A. Crouse, a soil scientist at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, N.C., has expressed concerns that Arundo could—if widely cultivated—become a runaway invasive species. Crouse recently told John Murawski of The News and Observer, “Arundo has got a lot of us scared. We have that concern that it could be kudzu-like.” Kudzu is an invasive plant originally introduced decades ago in the United States for erosion control; Kudzu is now considered a notorious and practically ineradicable invasive plant in North Carolina.

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  1. WeedSteve October 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    There’s no need to experiment with crops like Arundo, the Typha and Phragmites growing wild can be harvested for the same uses. They’re already established invasives, that we need to control anyway. And we’ll never really eradicate them, they are hopelessly renewable.

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