A worker from the San Diego River Conservancy sprays previously mowed, re-sprouting Arundo donax in Santee, Calif.
Associated Press/March 5, 2012
Farming director Sam Brake shows a "rhizome" from an Arundo donax plant in a test plot near the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford, N.C.
Associated Press/Oct. 1, 2012 photo
Crews cut and haul Arundo donax to higher areas where mowers can grind it in Bonsall, Calif. California has spent more than $70 million trying to eradicate the invasive, self-propagating perennial.
Associated Press/Jan. 29, 2008
Farming director Sam Brake bends a stalk of Arundo donax toward the ground in a test plot behind the Biofuels Center of North Carolina.
Associated Press/Oct. 1, 2012
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To many scientists and environmentalists, Arundo looks less like a miracle than a nightmare waiting to happen. Officials in at least three states have banned the bamboo-like grass as a "noxious weed"; California has spent more than $70 million trying to eradicate it.