A 16-year old from South Georgia has come up with a new way to get rid of kudzu.
Jacob Schindler from Lowndes County High School has been conducting research on kudzu since his sixth grade science fair project. His experiments included using various gases to kill it.
He discovered that helium not only kills kudzu but leaves surrounding plants intact. Now he’s designed a tool that drills underground and disperses the gas. It garnered him several award including a first place in the State Future Farmers of America competition.
“I’m actually not a hater of kudzu. I actually like it and there’s a lot of uses, so if I could just control it then people could actually see that it has a lot more uses than it has troubles.”
Jacob says he’s received national attention for his invention and has applied for a patent. More than 100 years ago kudzu was brought to the south from Japan as a way to control erosion. Now it’s everywhere.