Ethanol from Kudzu?

A Canadian researcher is examining the possibility of making ethanol from kudzu. Adam Crisp of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has the story, which has good news and bad news. The good news is that Tennessee, and the South in general, is the Saudia Arabia of kudzu.  We can run those Ford F 350 pickups forever!  The bad news is that most of the carbohydrates needed to produce alcohol are in the roots of kudzu, which, as anyone who has tried to eradicate this pesky plant can testify, are hard to yank out of the ground.

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2 Responses to Ethanol from Kudzu?

  1. Tracy says:

    I love the picture of kudzu, it reminds me of the bindweed we get in Boulder, times 1000! The picture brought me right back to all those happy memories of growing up in Oak Ridge and Knoxville and building lots of forts in the woods which were hidden from view by the kudzu plant! Has it taken over the state yet?

  2. Jeff Doran says:

    We don’t have any kudzu here in Louisville, Ky, so I can’t testify to the difficulty of pulling these plants out of the ground. But, you would have to think that if there’s money to be made, someone will come up with a way to make it easier.

    As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of all inventions…..

    Jeff

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