Vetiver Soil Conservation Buffers at the Pioneer Machete Farm

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Initial barrier
We are happy to say that the Vetiver Soil Conservation Buffers project at the Pioneer Machete Farm has met its objectives and our plants are now containing sediments that would otherwise be affecting coral reefs south of Guayama in Puerto Rico. This project, funded by a grant from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the US Department of Agriculture, is a good example of simple bioengineering used in the agricultural industry.   

Pioneer, a DuPont company, has several locations in Puerto Rico where research on new seeds for corn, soybean, sorghum, and sunflower is taking place. They are very interested in the application of the Vetiver technology, for controlling soil erosion, managing waterways, reducing runoff, trapping sediments, and stabilizing soils during intense rainfall and floods.  A small pilot project at one of their Salinas locations was the stepping stone to this ambitious project.

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