Toomer's Oaks getting sugar injection to battle poison - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Toomer's Oaks getting sugar injection to battle poison

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Officials at Auburn University are hoping a radical new procedure being performed on the oaks at Toomer's Corner will help them battle the spike 80 DF poison.

Tree Task Force leader Gary Keever met News Leader 9 Tuesday and showed the dozens of holes drilled into the oaks at Toomer's corner, where a sugar substance has been injected.

Keever says it is like a feeding tube for trees and believes the experimental procedure was a success.

The oak on College Street took up 25 gallons of the substance and the Magnolia tree sucked up 20 gallons.

"As you know Spike 80 DF prevents trees from photosynthesis. It is photosynthesis that allows the trees to get sugars or carbohydrates so we would like to replace those carbs by artificially injecting them into the trees," says Keever.

Experts are hoping the sugar substance will create a new flush of growth on the trees, including new shoots and leaves.

So far, Keever says the leaves are not showing any signs of poison, and that is a very good sign.

Keever says he is not ready to say the trees will live. However, we should know a lot more in the next month when soil samples are taken and tested to see how much of the spike 80 DF remains.


Related Stories

Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved.

Toomers SIDEBAR

Updated:

Toomer's oaks getting sugar injection to battle poison Toomer's oaks show signs of growth Auburn: Toomer's leaves show no signs of poisoning Toomer's Corner trees to be replaced? Auburn committee suggests More>>

Watch live streaming video from cityofauburntoomerscorner at livestream.com
  • NewsMore>>

  • NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

    NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:32:12 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:35 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:35:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...

    With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL tries to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem but seems to muddle the issue even more.

    More >>

    With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL tries to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem but seems to muddle the issue even more.

    More >>
  • 3 injured in Oklahoma City shooting; gunman killed by armed civilian

    3 injured in Oklahoma City shooting; gunman killed by armed civilian

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:28 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:28:26 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:31:25 GMT

    Local media reported five people were injured, and that the suspect was dead.

    More >>

    Local media reported five people were injured, and that the suspect was dead.

    More >>
  • 'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

    'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:22:19 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:34:32 GMT
    (Source: AP Photo)(Source: AP Photo)

    President Donald Trump had pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump had pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly