Category: plant

The Vetiver System, Africa and Soil Erosion

I want to start 2011 with a blog for Africa.  Unless serious steps are taken to control soil erosion and conserve moisture in Africa the continent and its people face disaster in the long term.  Most of Africa does not…

International Vetiver Conference 2011 (ICV5) – Vetiver and Climate Change

The Fifth International Vetiver Conference (ICV5) has now completed in Lucknow, India.  The conference was well attended and some interesting papers and experiences were exchanged.  The individual power point (pdf format) presentations and papers submitted are available for viewing and downloading. It is…

Vetiver grass, Vetiveria zizanioides: A Choice Plant for Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals and Organic Wastes, and Organic Wastes

Luu Thai Danh et al (2009) explained why vetiver can perform such an outstanding phytoremedial task : “Both glasshouse and field studies showed that Vetiver grass can produce high biomass (>100t/ha/year) and highly tolerate extreme climatic variation such as prolonged drought, flood, submergence and temperatures (-15°C…

Vernacular Names of Vetiver

Often people get confused over the vernacular names of vetiver. Below is a list of names prepared by Narong Chomchalow, published in Vibrant Versatile Vetiver, Special Bulletin No. 2003/1, Pacific Rim Vetiver Network, on pages 37-43. The present list of vernacular names…

Vetiver grass as a forage

Some of you may know that Warren Sullivan, who has a farm on Trinity Bay, Texas , is interested in using vetiver as a forage to feed his cattle.  Here is an update from him” “Just an update on how…

Wastewater Treatment at a Seafood Processing Factory in Vietnam

Here is a very interesting paper by Luu Thai Danh, Le Thanh Phong, Le Viet Dung of the University of Can Tho, Can Tho City, Viet Nam  (email)  and Paul Truong – TVN Director and East Asia and South Pacific Representative, 23 Kimba St, Chapel Hill, Brisbane 4069,…