Miracle plant or kudzu?

States see reed a bit differently

Posted: November 18, 2012 at 3:04 a.m.

Farming Director Sam Brake of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford is dwarfed by a stand of Arundo donax in a test plot in Oxford, N.C.

It’s fast-growing and drought tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagating perennial, so it requires little investment once established.

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Business, Pages 73 on 11/18/2012


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