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#401: kudzu : Gill adds

From: Mark Gill <markgill@midwest.net>

this plant requires a certain amount of rainfall, something one does
not find in every section of Haiti....where the plant might be the
most beneficial, it is also the most arid....it is very water absorbant,
as i recall.....a better alternative, at least for topsoil
retention, is the wild Florida palmetto, which develops a good root
system with many "runners" close to the surface....we tested this
first in the dry areas of Venezuela and it worked quite well....it
is also being used in Cuba.....

Mark Gill
Envoy to Caribbean, IAEWP (NGO)
Albert Schweitzer Caribbean Foundation
Albert Schweitzer Society International
drgill  markgill@midwest.net