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2nd International Vetiver Conference – Thailand (2000) – Proceedings

Proceedings of the Second International Vetiver Conference (ICV2)

Thailand — January 2000



Executive summary




Vetiver grass technology networking and its impact on the environment — Richard G. Grimshaw (PL -1) (KB66)
The real cost of a better environment — Aldo Miranda 
VGT: a bioengineering and phyto-remediation option for the new millennium — Diti Hengchaovanich 
(PL3) (KB29
DNA analysis of the genetic diversity of vetiver and future selections for use in erosion control. — Robert P. Adams 
(PL4) (KB64)
The global impact of vetiver grass technology on the environment — Paul N.V. Truong 
(PL5) (KB56)
Use of vetiver and three other grasses for re-vegetation of Pb/Zn mine tailings at Lechang, Guangdong province: a field experiment. — W.S. Shu, H.P. Xia, Z.Q. Zhang, C.Y. Lan and M.H. Wong 
(PL6) (KB37)
Research on selection, propagation and cultivation techniques of vetiver grass and their applications in Thailand Department of Land Development 
(PL7) (KB61)
Promoting vetiver grass technology in Venezuela. Oscar S. Rodríguez P. 
(PL8) (KB148)
Vetiver grass technology development and dissemination: From agriculture to engineering. Liyu Xu 
(PL9) (KB34)
The use of vetiver grass for erosion control and slope stabilization along the Yadana gas pipeline right of way The Yadana Gas Pipeline Project 
(PL10) (KB72


A. Experiences in putting together countrywide vetiver programs: Policy issues

The Thai experiences. Weerachai Na Nakorn (PD1-1) (KB6)
Best practices establishing a national vetiver program: example of Madagascar, a country eroding into the sea. Criss L. Juliard 
(PD1-2) (KB42)
Erosion control in agricultural areas: an Ethiopian perspective. Alemu Mekonnen 
(PD1-3) (KB37)
Promotion of vetiver grass technology in the Philippines: the VetFarms Inc experience. Mary Noah S.J. Manarang 
(PD1-4) (KB25)
The Cameroon experience in putting together a countrywide vetiver program. Ngwainmbi Simon Chia 
(PD1-5) (KB15)
The use of vetiver for soil and water conservation by small-scale farmers in Malawi. Stephen Carr 
(PD1-6) (KB14)

B. Vetiver and natural disaster

Vetiver and natural disaster: the Doi Tung experience. Uthai Charanasri and Sujint Topungtium (PD2-1) (KB11)
Vetiver and natural disaster: prevention and rehabilitation. Robert Sheldon 
(PD2-2) (KB21)
Experiment of the application of vetiver to sand-fixing in tropical deserts. Hong Cheng, Feng Wang., Yu Li and Guohua Hu 
(PD2-3a) (KB29)
Disaster mitigation and vulnerability reduction: an outsider’s view. James Smyle 
(PD2-4) (KB58)

C. Reports of regional networks

The Latin American Vetiver Network. Joan H. Miller (PD3-1) (KB28)
The Europe and Mediterranean Vetiver Network. Michael Pease 
(PD3-2) (KB19)
The South African Vetiver Network. Duncan Hay 
(PD3-3) (KB22)
The Pacific Rim Vetiver Network. Narong Chomchalow 
(PD3-4) (KB29)

D. Reports of national networks

The Thailand Vetiver Network. Apichai Thirathon and Suwanna Pasiri (PD4-1) (KB23)
The China Vetiver Network. Liyu Xu 
(PD4-2) (KB41
The Vetiver Network – Philippines. Edwin A. Balbarino 
(PD4-3) (KB29)
The Vetiver Network – Viet Nam. Nguyen Hong Son 
(PD4-4) (KB16)


A. Soil and water attributes

Effect of vetiver grass on crop yield and soil moisture. Santibhab Panchaban and Kanlaya Damrongsadsiri (CP1-1) (KB20)
Vetiver for environmental conservation. S. Subramanian and Shoukath 
(CP1-2) (KB14)
Study of the suitable distance of vetiver hedges made for macadamia varieties grown on different slope lands by using nuclear techniques. J. Mahisarakul, S. Srisaichua, J. Siripaiboon, S. Topungtium, N. Apichai, and S. Thita 
(CP1-3) (KB31)
Vetiver in the rehabilitation of the degraded Zegzeg watershed in Ethiopia. Tessema Chekun Awoke 
(CP1-4) (KB43)
Vetiver and cash crop erosion control systems for sustainable sloping land farming in Fiji. T. Nakalevu, I. Ratukalou, J. Waradi, M. Elder and A.J. Dowling 
(CP1-5) (KB44)
A new farmer’s experience on the use of vetiver grass for soil and water conservation on farmland Sornchai Thongsri 
(CP1-6) (KB15)
Performance of vegetative barriers in conserving soil and moisture at different levels of planting. R. Jagannathan, G. Rangaraju, H. Vijayaraghavan and W. Wilfred Manuel 
(CP1-7) (KB27)
Vetiver grass hedgerows for soil and water conservation in the farmlands of Uganda. Godfrey Kasozi 
(CP1-8) (KB19)
Soil and water quality management through vetiver grass technology. Oscar S. Rodríguez P. 
(CP1-9) (KB41)
Vetiver grass in hedgerow farming systems on sloping lands in Viet Nam. Thai Phien and Tran Thi Tam 
(CP1-10) (KB28
Soil and water losses in reforestation intercropped with vetiver strips at the Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan sub-river basins of Northern Thailand. Warin Jirasuktaveekul, Suparb Paramee, Chalatorn Sritulanon,Somyot Rungrojwanich, Montri Bhuddawong and Pech Ploicharuen 
(CP1-11) (KB64)
The use of vetiver grass in the reclamation and improvement of acid sulphate soils in Thailand: a pre-experiment study. Surachai Muensangk 
(CP1-13) (KB28)
Problems and prospects in implementing vetiver grass technology in Zimbabwe. W. Mahachi and P. Gotora 
(CP1-14) (KB25)
Efficacy of vetiver in soil erosion control on Guam. R. Muniappan, Greg Wiecko and P. Singh 
(CP2-01) (KB11)

B. Pollution control and treatment/Restoration and rehabilitation of disturbed
and contaminated areas

The role of vetiver grass in erosion control and slope stabilization along the highways of Thailand. Surapol Sanguankaeo, Chawalit Sukhawan and Ekawit Veerapunth (CP2-1) (KB15)
Effectiveness of vetiver grass in erosion and sediment control at a bentonite mine in Queensland, Australia. Owen Bevan and Paul Truong 
(CP2-2) (KB21)
Application of vetiver grass technology in off-site pollution control: Trapping agrochemicals and nutrients in agricultural lands. Paul Truong, Frank Mason, David Waters, and Phil Moody 
(CP2-3) (KB34)
Vetiver grass: an option for erosion control in the hilly region of Bangladesh – prospects and limitations. Shoaib Jalal Uddin 
(CP2-4) (KB23)

C. Disaster prevention

Embankment erosion control: towards cheap and simple practical solutions for Bangladesh Md. Nazrul Islam (CP3-1) (KB60)

D. Training and technology dissemination

Guidelines for the effective dissemination of vetiver technology by the village-level worker. R.N. Singh (CP4-1)(KB15
Looking beyond the methods and approaches of vetiver promotion. Joshua Amwai Machinga 
(CP4-2) (KB47)
Spreading the use of vetiver in the rural context of Madagascar. Rakotondralambo Andriantahina and Koto Rabemananjara 
(CP4-3) (KB31)
Efforts in disseminating vetiver grass in Central Java. Kuscahyo Budi Prayogo 
(CP4-4) (KB18)
The need for vetiver in South Africa engaging the main players. Anthony Tantum 
(CP4-5) (KB21)
The vetiver grass pot: production and use. Varunee Thiramongkol and Banyong Baebprasert 
(CP4-6) (KB16)

E. Basic research and general studies

Research on vetiver grass for soil and water conservation in the upper North of Thailand. Phithag Inthapan and Sawatdee Boonchee (CP5-1) (KB96)
Hedge vetiver: a genetic and intellectual heritage. Mark R.Dafforn 
(CP5-2) (KB66)
Comparative resistance of mycorrhizal fungi to sewage sludge on Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn.) Nash D. Anusuya 
(CP5-3) (KB12)
Microbiology associated with the vetiver plant. Settha Siripin 
(CP5-4) (KB66)
Increased efficiency in vetiver propagation with the use of growth promoters. Howell T. Ho, Mary Noah S.J. Manarang and Ader B. Anicete 
(CP5-5) (KB176)
Development of methods to measure soil loss and runoff in field experiments involving vetiver grass. Samran Sombatpanit and Wichai Suwangerd 
(CP5-6) (KB28)
Potential hedgerow species for alley cropping systems in Philippine upland farms. Angelito B. Esconde 
(CP5-7) (KB31)
A study on purification and uptake of garbage leachate by vetiver grass. Hanping Xia, Shizhong Liu and Huixiu Ao 
(CP5-8) (KB66)
Application of vetiver grass technology in offsite pollution control: tolerance to herbicides under selected wetland conditions. Rachael Cull, Heather Hunter, Malcolm Hunter and Paul Truong 
(CP5-9-1 (KB93)and CP5-9-2(KB24)
DNA polymorphisms generated by single-strand conformational polymorphism and random amplified polymorphic DNA technique are useful tools for Thai vetiver genome analysis. Pattana Srifah, Busarakum Pomthong, Vipa Hongtrakul and Nitsri Sangduen 
(CP5-10) (KB312)
US Army experience: cold tolerance and seed characteristics of vetiver. Muhammad Shariff 
(CP5-11-1 (KB516) and CP5-11-2(KB266)
Primary and secondary centres of origin of vetiver and its dispersion. U.C. Lavinia 
(CP5-12) (KB18)
Uptake potential of some heavy metals by vetiver grass. Nualchavee Roongtanakiat and Prapai Chairoj 
(CP5-13) (KB18)
Developmental variation of four selected vetiver ecotypes. Lily Kaveeta,Ratchanee Sopa, Malee Na Nakorn,Rrungsarid Kaveeta, Weerachai Na Nakorn, and Weenus Charoenrungrat 
(CP5-14) (KB213)

F. Alternative uses and socio-economic values of vetiver

Vetiver – an economic miracle grass for small-scale farmers in Bangladesh: the Proshika experience. Md. Fazlul Huq (CP6-1) (KB19
Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn.) Nash – a multipurpose eco-friendly grass of India. R.R. Rao and M.R. Suseela 
(CP6-2) (KB28)

G. Other topics

Promotion of the use of vetiver grass through the environmental compliance certificate. Ernestina F. Jose (CP7-1) (KB18)
Application of vetiver grass technology to the stabilization of road infrastructure in the wet tropical region of Australia. Nevil Bracken and Paul Truong 
(CP7-2) (KB25)
Application of the contour vetiver hedge technique to the protection of highway embankments in Jiangxi province in China. Hong Cheng, Ming Wan and Yaoshan Peng 
(CP7-3) (KB27)
Vetiver: perfumers’ liquid gold. Stephen V. Dowthwaite and Samjamjaras Rajani 
(CP74) (KB23)
Comprehensive evaluation of the influence of the environment on highway construction. Qisen Zhang and Sheng Zeng 
(CP7-5) (KB29)


Vetiver and the environment – the future. Richard G. Grimshaw (CP8-1) (KB60)

Constitution of the International Conference on Vetiver