Vetiver System - Vetiver Grass - The Plant Read more (html w/ images) This technical handbook was extracted from "The Vetiver System - A Technical Reference Manual" by Paul Truong, Tran Tan Van and Elise Pinners. Quick download and in full color.
A useful plant guide, particularly for US users of the Vetiver System, published by USDA/NRCS.
The Vetiver System has come a long way over the past 20 years and there are a lot of users applying the technology for different purposes. We know that most users, once using it correctly, are avid fans of the technology. The question is "why are not more people using the technology"? "Why is it not being used at an accelerated rate" or is it?
There is a nice video by Alberto Rodriguez of VetiverSolutions who put together images from Fernando Costa Pinto of Brazil showin the excavation to 4 meters of a vetiver grass clump and roots - some job!!
This is an interesting and useful report on 40 years of use of VS for soil erosion control on steep slopes in Fiji. Report by Paul Tuong and Colin Creighton
A Wall Street Journal article published on August 22nd 2007 by Susan Warren. "Found in the Weeds: Bug Scientist Touts Cure for Levee Leaks" once again raises the issue as to whether Vetiver grass might be invasive. Recently the Pacific Island Ecosystem at Risk (PIER) carried out a new risk assessment of non fertile Vetiver grass cultivars from south India that are typified by Sunshine (US) and Monto (Australia) genotypes. Vetiver grass, Chrysopogon zizanioides, a.k.a. Vetiveria zizanioides is rated minus eight (-8). This rating is based on Australian/New Zealand weed risk assessment protocol, modified for Hawaii. It is a very strict and thorough protocol. You can find the details of the PIER vetiver assessment here.
A very nice and informative Guide prepared by Prepared by Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council in cooperation with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Pacific Islands Area. Also prepared for O'ahu Resource Conservation & Development by theAgribusiness Incubator Program University of Hawaii. This report sets out production and application costs of for a country with high labor costs such as the US. It also discusses marketing possibilities. Some of the data and assumptions are of course questionable, but the document provides a useful base to develope a cost/production model for individual entrepreneurs.
Mechanical planter for vetiver. The Australians modified a vegetable planter for the planting of vetiver: See moe
Vetiver System and Fire. Vetiver will survive very hot fires and will recover quickly to continue being an effective erosion barrier and slope stabilizer. The images include pictures from Austalia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, and the most recent fires in California.
A photo gallery of Vetiver Roots and their uses by Paul Truong.
Paul Truong,TVNI Director for Asia and Pacific, Brisbane, Australia, reports on his visit to southern Europe in May 2012Vetiver name, This useful list of names has been compiled by Narong Chomchalow of Thailand. If
This useful list of names has been compiled by Narong Chomchalow of Thailand. If anyone has additional names please email NarongFrom the Domanican Republic, Gueric Boucard shows how he has used vetiver as feed stock for his commercial boiler.