Kudzu is an aggressive invasive plant species found all across the United States, including on the campus of St. Mary's College of Maryland. Research has shown that goats can be used as an effective biological control agent against kudzu.
This is the focus of undergraduate research conducted by St. Mary’s College senior Brooke Bartko. Bartko’s research, entitled “Biological control of kudzu, an invasive species, at St. Mary's College of Maryland,” aims to manage the invasive species in a way consistent with the College’s sustainability efforts, while educating the community about biological control.
On Sunday, April 17, 40 goats, provided by Browsing Green Goats of Southern Maryland, were released into one acre fenced space on campus where the kudzu is found. The herd will graze the area, day and night, for one week.
The research is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration.