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ERIC Number: ED245876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Kudzu--Wonder Weed.
Canipe, Stephen
Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) is a high climbing, exceedingly vigorous vine with twining stems (no tendrils or aerial holdfasts). The plant, introduced from the Orient and currently found in southeastern United States, has been known to choke valuable strands of trees, short electrical wires, and even creep up the sides of high rise buildings. Although considered to be a pest, the plant is useful in holding erosional areas that are too steep to seed. In addition, it is a legume and can be considered a green manure crop adding nitrogen to the soil, thus aiding its fertility. This unit provides: (1) list of objectives; (2) list of 9 activities; (3) list of three values clarification activities; (4) background information on the plant (including characteristics of the plant and directions for planting it to obtain the best yield); and (5) procedures for two laboratory activities. These laboratories are designed to determine whether or not various weed killers are effective on cultivated kudzu (and at what strengths) and to investigate the percentage of vegetative growth from the plant's nodes and internodal areas. (JN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A