Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > Feature Articles > Landscaping

Kudzu Vines Actually CONTRIBUTE to Air Pollution

Kudzu plants produce air pollution and soil VOCs

Find green business solutions
Kudzu is a ubiquitous Southern invasive vine that is migrating northward with global warming. And now research indicates that kudzu emits gases that contribute to air pollution.

Kudzu forms ground level ozone, or smog

Researchers Lerdau and Jonathan Hickman of the State University of New York at Stony Brook have determined that kudzu emits gases that contribute to the formation of ground level ozone, or smog. The major manmade sources of ground level ozone are cars and coal-fired power plants. While some growing plants also contribute to ozone pollution, kudzu appears to produce these gases faster and in larger quantities. It’s not clear whether kudzu is producing enough gases to warrant a widespread eradication program. Kudzu produces ozone

Invasive plant spreads rapidly

The fast-growing plant covers an estimated 11,580 square miles in the United States, primarily in the Southeast. The invasive, rapidly growing vine adds 200 square miles to its domain ANNUALLY.

VOC isoprene and ammonium

Kudzu produces two key ingredients of ozone: fast growing kudzu leaves emit a volatile organic compound called isoprene into the air, and the kudzu roots convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonium, some of which can leak into the soil where it is converted by bacteria into nitric oxide. In the presence of sunlight, isoprene and nitric oxide mix together to make ozone.

While many plants contribute to ozone pollution, it appears that kudzu works faster and produces larger quantities.

Native plant of Japan and China, Distributed by CCC

Kudzu is a native of Japan and China and was introduced in the United States in 1876 as an ornamental plant at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. It was widely distributed as a way to control soil erosion, and during the 1930s and 1940s the Civilian Conservation Corps planted vast amounts of the vine. By 1953, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized that kudzu was spreading too rapidly and removed the vine from its list of recommended cover plants. But that was too late.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| greenscaping | invasive plants | ozone | air pollution |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe

Related Articles

LA Metro & California Air Quality Gets an F

CA requests EPA to reclassify 4 areas HIGHER for Ozone Air Quality, SoCoast, San Joaquin, Coachella and Sacramento

Flue Gas Desulfurization Growing for Coal-Fired Power Plant Scrubbers

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here


We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |