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    The Kudzu Vine Invades Ohio
    By Tara Dodrill

    PostsWebsiteBy Tara Dodrill | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Mon, Nov 7, 2011Share0EmailPrint
    Ohio's forests and countryside are being invaded. State and federal wildlife officers are concerned about the creeping kudzu vine that is growing in 22 counties. The vine devours every inch of space in its path and grows as much as 12 inches in a day. Last year the vine was present in only 15 counties but has reached beyond the border it claimed when it was first discovered in the state in 2009.

    This is a follow up on the VINE as reported earlyer no frut this time just a VINE but if you have a VINE your going to have a BUG now your going to have a double whame I have seen what this thing can do if will dominate when it gets started Bins 3020 amy around you-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------dave-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources foresters expect the vine to continue to cover the state unless eradication measures are taken immediately. The kudzu vine devours native plants by smothering them under a thick leaf mat.

    Here are some facts about the kudzu vine:

    * The innocent looking vine absorbs enough energy from sunlight to uproot trees and smother small bushes. Kudzu vines can grow over buildings and cover entire hillsides in a matter of weeks.

    * Ohio Argibusiness owners are concerned that they may meet the same fate as their Georgia peers. In 2009 the vine began attracting an insect often referred to as the kudzu bug. The hardy bugs killed a significant portion of the state's soybean crop and causes a rust-like fungus to grown even during winter months in southern state.

    * The Megacopta cribraria, otherwise known as the kudzu but spread from North Carolina to Alabama and ate thousands of soybean stalks in the process. Foresters anticipate the bug could destroy up to a third of eight million acres of the vine and prevent its unchecked spread, it will also cost farmers a lot of their crops in the process.

    * The bugs swarm in large groups and follow the vine's trail. The insects release a bittersweet odor when sprayed with bug killer. Georgia residents report killing hundreds at time, but state they were faced with thousands flying together in a single swarm.

    * According to Ohio State University pathologist Anne Dorrance spores from the rust fungus travels long distances courtesy of rainstorms and strong winds. Although the rust fungus has not yet reached Ohio, Dorrance is concerned about the spores spreading into the state from the Carolinas.

    * Ohio foresters and environmentalists believed Ohio's cold winter temperature would keep the vine from spreading, but new discoveries of the vine made in 2011 proved that theory false. Although the vines die during cold weather, an extensive root system maintains enough energy to spur new growth in the spring.

    * During the past two years herbicides have been sprayed from helicopters to thwart the kudzu vine to no avail. The dominant week experienced what is termed as limited growth due to the spraying, but was still able to claim new territory.

    * Ohio Department of Transportation workers were granted the authority to spray kudzu vine whenever it is found in the public right of way. Department spokesman Steve Faulkner stated road workers often alert citizens about the nature of the kudzu vine so they can identify and kill it on their own property.