New reason to hate Kudzu even more

Already despised for cloaking 7.4 million U.S. acres, spreading at the rate of at least 120,000 acres per year, overturning ecosystems, and damaging local economies, the invasive Kudzu vine is now suspect in contributing, at least in small part, to ozone pollution at ground level while providing no food value like other nitrogen-fixing plants such as soybeans.

New findings presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrate that  Kudzu’s nitric oxide emissions increase regional ozone concentrations. Read more here.

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