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Water hyacinth used for counteracting algal blooms

In a controversial experiment in Florida, researchers are stocking King’s Bay with floating pens of water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) to reduce algal blooms.  Water hyacinth was removed from the bay beginning in the late 1950s, but Hydrilla replaced it and … Continue reading

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Composting invasive plants

Composting invasive plants has to be done carefully to fully kill seeds and other potential propagules.  Researchers in Texas built a composting facility to handle wetland invasive plants and report on their experience in an article in Invasive Plant Science … Continue reading

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Uses and abuses of water hyacinth

Water hyacinth, Eichornia crassipes, is known as the world’s worst aquatic weed because of its prolific growth.  It lowers biodiversity in tropical waterways, shelters pests like mosquitos, and causes eutrophication.  But all that biomass could have its uses.  Patel summarizes … Continue reading

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