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Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver is a perennial bunchgrass of the family Poaceae, native to India. Vetiver is most closely related to Sorghum but shares many morphological characteristics with other fragrant grasses, such as lemongrass, citronella, and palmarosa. Wikipedia



  1. 04-10-2017 The central component of The Vetiver System is Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides), a sterile, non-invasive tropical bunchgrass. It is used throughout the tropics in a wide-range of applications including erosion control, degraded land remediation, soil conservation and runoff retention,...
  2. A “how to” guide to successfully install a natural, sustainable latrine using vetiver grass The use of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) replaces the need for a concrete block lined pit, creates privacy and actively helps decompose the waste. Jiji grass (Achnatherum splendens) can be used...
  3. 01-10-2019 This workshop will explore the uses of vetiver as a soil erosion control grass.
  4. The mission of The Vetiver Network International (TVNI) is to promote the worldwide use of the Vetiver System (VS) for a sustainable environment particularly in relation to land and water. Enhanced by photo galleries, this site offers a wealth of information with regard to vetiver applications...
  5. 07-02-2018 Speaker Bio: Grace Gesto serves with LEAD Asia’s Community of Practice team with the Blaan people of Mindanao, Philippines. Her current role is Language Project Coordinator. Abstract: The central component of the Vetiver System is Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides), a sterile, non-invasive...
  6. 20-03-2000 Vetiver grass has such a strong root system it was used to anchor a winch for pulling a vehicle out of a ravine.
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  8. Rarotonga, Cook Islands is the site of a number of large-scale transformative infrastructure projects, including water supply, roading, drainage, and wastewater management. How we approach these projects will have a long-term impact on the health of our community — and the health of our island....
  9. Vietnam Vetiver Network _ VNVN is a for – purpose organization, established since 1999 by Mr Ken Crismier. From 2001 to 2011, this position was handed over by Dr. Pham Hong Duc Phuoc (Nong Lam University) and Dr. Tran Tan Van (Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources). In 2011, the...
  10. 03-01-1990 Peruvian peasants are proud to share their knowledge Experimentation by Thai farmers raises their self-confidence You cannot fix indigenous knowlege Traditional Indian agriculture Andean agriculture Culturally significant pest control Working with local knowlege in range and livestock...
  11. 01-01-2008 The Vetiver System relies on a unique tropical plant, Vetiver grass - "Chrysopogon zizanioides", that is proven and used in some 100 countries for soil and water conservation, slope stabilization, land rehabilitation, pollution control, water quality improvement, disaster mitigation and many...
  12. Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) has characteristics that make it an ideal plant for mitigating land and water problems under a wide range of ecological conditions. From its first systematic promotion in 1986 as a soil conservation measure in a World Bank agricultural project in India,...
  13. Presentation (April 12 2021) by Dick Grimshaw and Jim Smyle describing the benefits of embeddiing the Vetiver Grass Technology into farms in the tropics and semi arid areas at various scales and discussing some of the issues involved relating to this Climate Smart nature based solution.
  14. This TVNI hosted webinar “Vetiver Grass for the control of stem borer of rice in China” was held on March 1st 2022. The webinar (55 minutes) comprises a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Zhongxian Lu of the Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences,...
  15. As root constitutes a very important and significant proportion of the Vetiver plant, whose behavior under various environmental conditions must be highly influenced by its root system. Therefore, a better understanding of plant roots in general and of vetiver roots in particular is vital for...

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