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Vetiver Grass and Pest Control

We know that vetiver hedges are one of the most effective measures for reducing sediment flows from leaving farm land and other areas. These same hedgerows also effectively act as rainfall run off “spreaders”, spreading out concentrated water flows, thus…

Black Cotton Soils and the Vetiver System

I was faced with the problems of managing black cotton soils in the early 50s in Australia while working with the Soil Conservation Service. Overnight, a heavy storm had wiped out a large area of a farmers wheat crop and…

Vetiver Grass – The Community “Glue” Pot.

Looking back some 20 years when John Greenfield (this years Norman Hudson Award winner) first introduced vetiver grass technology to India, and thereby initiating the renaissance of the technology, its use and application has far exceeded our original hopes and…

The Fourth International Conference on Vetiver (ICV4)

In October 2006 ICV4 was hosted by Fundacion Polar in Caracas, Venezuela. The conference was graced with the presence of the Vetiver Network’s Patron, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. It was indeed a memorable conference, well attended and…

Morocco – Vetiver Systems Conference/Workshops

CONFERENCE SUMMARY Application of the Vetiver System for Environmental Protection: Prevention and Treatment of Contaminated Soil and Water. Rabat, Morocco, 14 November 2006 Criss Juliard. The Vetiver Network (International) [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> The objective of the conference was to provide a general…

The Vetiver System – Summary

The Vetiver System The Vetiver System (VS) is dependent on the use of a very unique tropical plant, Vetiver grass – Vetiveria zizanioiodes. The grass can be grown over a very wide range of climatic and soil conditions, and if…

Vetiver Grass for the Pacific Islands

Recently I learned that the Pacific Island Ecosystem at Risk (PIER, http://www.hear.org/pier/index.html) had listed Vetiver Grass Chrysopogon zizaniodes (a.k.a Vetiveria zizanioides) as an invasive species. Obviously PIER is on pretty shaky grounds and it would appear its information is based…

Vetiver Grass on Pacific Islands

Elsewhere on this Blog is a report on vetiver grass ultilzation in Fiji. On the left is a Google earth image taken in April 2006 of vetiver hedgerows planted 54 years ago in the Rakiraki area. You can see quite…

Pacific Islands – Hawaii

I was recently (February 2007) visiting Hawaii. Vetiver grass (sterile non-invasive Sunshine cultivar) has been approved by USDA for use on the Islands and has been tested successfully on some of the old Delmonte pineapple farms. Hawaii’s climate is similar…