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Kudzu is Major Factor in Surface Ozone Pollution


May 17, 2010

Manuel Lerdau Kudzu, an invasive vine that is spreading across the southeastern United States and northward, is a major contributor to large-scale increases of the pollutant surface ozone, according to a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Native to parts of Asia, kudzu produces chemicals which, when combined with nitrogen in the air, form ozone, an air pollutant that causes significant health problems for humans. Full Story

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