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Economic importance of Hydrophytes: A Review

Mithilesh Kumara, Manashi Singhab & Prasanjit Mukherjeec*
aUniversity Department of Botany, S.K.M.University, Dumka, Jharkhand, India
bDepartment of Botany, K.K.M. College, Pakur, Jharkhand, India
cDepartment of Botany, K.O. College, Gumla, Jharkhand, India
Received : 30th December, 2022 ; Revised : 30th January, 2023

Abstract– The present paper deals with role of water loving plants, i.e., Hydrophytes in different fields. As we know, most of the aquatic plants are considered as weeds, being troublesome both for aquatic habitat as well as mankind because the people are unaware about the great potential and economic importance of these plants. During the recent past, a number of instances and experiments have proved that these highly productive plants are generally more productive than conventional terrestrial crops. These plants can be used for making bio-gas, bio- fertilizers, fodder, as fish feed, and several plant-based industries. These plants are the source of a number of chemicals, which has immense medicinal value. Many of these plants are sold in the urban vegetable market for its important food values, as vegetable or as medicine. The present work is a holistic approach of aquatic plants with reference to their economic importance. The study was done in Pakur district of Jharkhand state covering some important water bodies and the plants were identified and collected as per BSI guidelines.

Key words: Hydrophytes, Aquatic, economic importance, Pakur

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