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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 11, No. 3, 2007, pp. 41-44
Bioline Code: ja07063
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2007, pp. 41-44

 en Effective Utilization Of An Aquatic Weed In An Eco-friendly Treatment Of Polluted Water bodies
Dixit, Savita & Tiwari, Suchi


World’s most troublesome aquatic weed water hyacinth ( Eichhornia crassipes check for this species in other resources ) has been studied for its tendency to accumulate the heavy metal contaminants present in water bodies. A thorough chemical investigation has shed light on the fact that it accumulates heavy metals like Lead (Pb), Chromium (Cr), Zinc (Zn) and Manganese (Mn) to a large extent. The presence of higher concentration of these metals in the aquatic weed signifies bio-magnification that lead to filtration of metallic ions from polluted water. The concept that water hyacinth can be used as a natural aquatic treatment system in the uptake of heavy metals is explored.

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