"I'm all for it," says Keith Brouillard, owner of Raleigh, N.C.'s Carolina Forestry, a consulting group that helps manage timber land for private owners. "Kudzu is a nuisance and almost impossible to get rid of." The vine is virtually impervious to herbicides, chain saws and even fire. Its roots can weigh 300 pounds and run 12 feet deep.
But the bug is also chewing up soybean stalks, reducing some yields recently by as much as a quarter, according to entomologists at the University of Georgia.
"Disappearing kudzu is a cultural problem," says John Shelton Reed, a sociologist and essayist on Southern life. "But disappearing soybeans is an economic problem."
Researchers are looking for ways to protect soybean crops from Megacopta cribraria while still searching for a species that will kill kudzu and leave crops alone. Link -via TYWKIWDBI
(Image credit: University of Georgia at Griffin)