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Now the question the team is asking is whether or not it is worth the effort of digging up the roots that can grow more than six feet deep.
On the pro side, kudzu needs nothing to grow – no planting, no fertilizer, no irrigation. That’s obvious considering its pseudonym is “the plant that ate the South.” But on the con side, what amount of energy will go into getting at the tough-to-reach hillsides where much of the kudzu grows, and what will harvesting the plant’s roots do to the ecosystem, especially when folks are digging up hillsides?
Though we can use kudzu as biofuel, there seems to be little telling us we should. Nonetheless, researchers are weighing the scales and looking at its potential.