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A Review of Kudzu’s Use and Characteristics as Potential Feedstock

School of Agriculture, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA
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Agriculture 2019, 9(10), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9100220
Received: 23 August 2019 / Revised: 5 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
This review assesses the potential use of kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) as a feedstock for livestock. Kudzu in the United States is a recognized invasive plant species that has continued to cause problems for the environment and land owners. In kudzu’s native countries, it has continued to have beneficial uses beyond being an adequate form of soil erosion control. Never the less, kudzu is a rampant weed that causes harm to many environments. In the United States, local farm owners have used ruminant species as a form of biological control to prevent the spread of kudzu and provide their animals with a high nutrition feed supplement. However, there are few reports that assess ruminal degradability in ruminants and kudzu quality. There is great potential for kudzu as a feed supplement for livestock species. Furthermore, using kudzu as a feed supplement for livestock species serves a dual-purpose of biologically controlling the spread of kudzu while providing those animals with a high-quality feedstuff. View Full-Text
Keywords: kudzu; feedstock; livestock; biological control; invasive species kudzu; feedstock; livestock; biological control; invasive species
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Gulizia, J.P.; Downs, K.M. A Review of Kudzu’s Use and Characteristics as Potential Feedstock. Agriculture 2019, 9, 220.

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