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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS FOR INVASIVE SPECIES THREATENING THE EVERGLADES & OTHER NATURAL AND MANANGED SYSTEMS

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Title: Water Hyacinth

Authors
item Hill, M -
item Coetzee, J -
item Julien, M -
item Center, Ted

Submitted to: Encyclopedia of Introduced Invasive Species
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 4, 2010
Publication Date: October 25, 2010
Citation: Hill, M.H., Coetzee, J., Julien, M., Center, T.D. 2010. Water Hyacinth. Encyclopedia of Introduced Invasive Species. p. 689-992.

Interpretive Summary: An important new reference book entitled the “Encyclopedia of Invasive Introduced Species” is being published by the University of California Press. We were invited to provide a chapter on water hyacinth, which is the world’s worst aquatic weed. In this chapter, we provide information on the origin of the plant, its taxonomy and classification, a description and brief biology, the world-wide distribution, its ecological and economic impact, and means of control. In the end, we note that a myriad of methods are available to control it but they need to be integrated. We also point out that eutrophication of aquatic systems is the primary causative factor which has to be dealt with in order to limit this aquatic menace.

Technical Abstract: An important new reference book entitled the “Encyclopedia of Invasive Introduced Species” is being published by the University of California Press. We were invited to provide a chapter on water hyacinth, which is the world’s worst aquatic weed. In this chapter, we provide information on the origin of the plant, its taxonomy and classification, a description and brief biology, the world-wide distribution, its ecological and economic impact, and means of control. In the end, we note that a myriad of methods are available to control it but they need to be integrated. We also point out that eutrophication of aquatic systems is the primary causative factor which has to be dealt with in order to limit this aquatic menace.

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