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Invasive Species Any species that is not native to an area is considered to be an invasive species In Georgia there are many different invasive species that have become pest and threaten indigenous species This essay will focus on identifying controlling and examining the biology of a few chosen invasive species Of the three species that will be covered two will be plants while the other shall be from the animal kingdom One of the most notorious non-indigenous species in Georgia is Kudzu Pueraria lobata Kudzu is a vine-like perennial of the legume family DCR It has dark green leaves and vines starchy fibrous roots elongated purple flowers and is very aggressive Kudzu can be most easily identified by the manner in which it grows although Kudzu is an angiosperm it rarely flowers and thus it usually appears as a dense stand of green leafy vegatation Kudzu vines are hairy beneath often tri-lobed and in groups of three on the vine DCR Kudzu will grow on and over anything in its path growing up to a foot a day at the peak of its growing season which is why its such a successful species Kudzu a native of Japan was first brought to the US at the beginning of the 20th century DCR It was imported for use as a soil stabilizer animal fodder and ornamental vine DCR By the early 1950s Kudzu had become a pest This is due mainly to the lack of any disease or insect controls and the vines prolific nature Although Kudzu is very much a nuisance and difficult to control control methods have been established One method is the persistent eradication of all roots This is not a very easy task as Kudzu may have root systems up to 12 feet deep Because of this the control of well-established kudzu stands can take up to 10 years and usually requires the use of herbicides over a period
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