An army of thorny, poisonous plants that once occupied two prime acres of Clemson University real estate has been swept from its stronghold by a coalition of goats and humans that slowly but surely pounded the gnarled invaders into submission. And to the victor goes the spoils. A once-impenetrable stretch of forest has been made beautiful again, much to the delight of the faculty, students and tailgaters who frequent its borders.
Clemson scientist Saara DeWalt has made it her mission to stop an invasive plant in its tracks. For almost 20 years, she has been hunting down Clidemia hirta around the world.
Clemson researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of using goats to lessen the spread of invasive plants. The results of the ongoing trials have been favorable.