Water Hyacinth (EichhorniaCrassipies): An Aquatic Weed with Miraculous Characteristics
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is one of the most obnoxious weeds of the world. It has created havoc in many countries by covering the water resources and rice fields, causing loss of water and serious threat to aquatic flora and fauna including fisheries. However, the plant has miraculous properties. It can control pollution and has been used in many countries to treat sewage and industrial wastes .It has post harvest uses like biogas generation, fertilizer production, substrate for growing mushrooms and many plants as well as use in Medicines .Great properties of this plant which seem untapped and need urgent further research in this era of energy shortage and climate change are discussed in this paper .
Keywords - Water Hyacinth, Aquatic Weeds, Wastewater Treatment, Utilization of Aquatic Plants