Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2016)
Strategies for bioconversion of potential aquatic weed water hyacinth in to commercially important products with special reference to south India- A review
Author(s): Mridul Umesh, Vikas. O.V
Abstract: Every product of nature has a significant role to play for maintaining the overall sustainability of the environment and its constituents when maintained in particular limits. Nature often provides competitors or weeds to check the overgrowth of the so called crop plants. Water hyacinth is one such potential aquatic weed that has turned to be hazardous invader in almost all the beautiful water bodies of South India due to their ubiquitous nature and worldwide distribution. The invasion by this potential hydrophyte not only ruins the esthetic beauty of the revers but also affects other aquatic plants and animals by reducing the amount of dissolved oxygen and inhibiting photosynthesis. In spite of their potential damaging effects the plant could be exploited as a very good substrate for the production of commercially important products due it rich nutritive profile. Biotechnology and allied sciences offers more possible solutions to turn this potential weed in to wealth. This research work exploits the possible strategies for biological waste management of water hyacinth with special reference to South Indian states.