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  • Weetie Nov 9, 2012

    Someone will probably figure out how to smoke it

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 8, 2012

    This may work until the hippies find some obscure bug that lives in it and then we wont be able to harvest the plant for fuel because it is a habitat for some protected critter.

  • Tarheel born Nov 8, 2012

    mempheel.......thanks for the 'lesson'.....makes my opinion easy to agree with it being a viable product to help with biofuel prduction. Hopefully the farmers can grow it, use it as a source of income, and help reduce costs by using it in diesel equipment thereby passing some of the savings on to consumers - ideally.

  • mempheel Nov 8, 2012

    LKG- interesting theory, but it should be noted that Arundo has no seeds: it only grows by rhizome propagation (creeping root mass). It became a problem in California and Texas where it was used to shore up irrigation canals early in the 20th century, and the rhizomes were spread by floodwaters. Arundo has been used as an ornamental in NC for decades, and there's no evidence of it spreading aggressively in our state. Properly managed, there's no reason that Arundo shouldn't be an important component of a new industry sector for biofuels that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, benefit North Carolina farmers, and slow down the overfilling of our atmosphere with ancient carbon.

  • LKG-Lover Nov 8, 2012

    As if Kudsu wasn't enough, now we are going to introduce Arundo to our state. I don't believe it can be contained any more than the wind and rain. So when the wind blows the seed everywhere and they get a little rain, boom, you have infestation.

  • miseem Nov 8, 2012

    Sounds like Son of Kudzu.

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