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>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist. As the law stands, because they refuse to leave, Keith Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist while owner Keith Mills was on vacation.. As the law stands, because the renters refuse to leave, Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

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

  • Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

    Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:30 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:30:57 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:35 AM EDT2017-07-23 06:35:47 GMT

    President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship.

    More >>
  • Next Minneapolis police chief has deep community roots

    Next Minneapolis police chief has deep community roots

    Saturday, July 22 2017 1:49 AM EDT2017-07-22 05:49:17 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:33 AM EDT2017-07-23 06:33:13 GMT

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

    More >>

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

    More >>
  • Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly