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Parasitic Vine Infestation Discovered In Clarksburg

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The vine is called "Japanese Dodder" and Yolo County's Agricultural Commissioner John Young says some people think it has medicinal purposes.  

"They plant them out in these wild areas so that they can come and harvest this stuff later."

But Young says dodder has the potential to wipe out native plants. The vine looks like yellow-orange spaghetti and grows very rapidly.

"Up to six-inches per day and it will really just take over a riparian habitat. It's also a threat to some of the agricultural trees and vines. So we're very concerned with this find."

Young says his staff is working with the state Department of Food and Agriculture to come up with an eradication plan…something they've done before. About two-years ago, they stopped an infestation of dodder growing in West Sacramento.

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