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2012 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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The Classification, Distribution, Control and Economic Importance of Aquatic Plants

A.A. Oyedeji and J.F.N. Abowei
Corresponding Author:  A.A. Oyedeji 

Key words:  Aquatic plants, classification, control and economic importance, distribution, , ,
Vol. 1 , (2): 118-128
Submitted Accepted Published
May 15, 2012 June 23, 2012 October 20, 2012
Abstract:

The study reviews the classification, distribution, control and economic importance of aquatic plants to provide fish culturist information on some future challenges in culture fisheries management and practices. Aquatic plants have adapted to living in or on aquatic environments and constitute a problem in culture fisheries. They block navigational channels on the waterways and easily choke the propellers of boats. Many fish keepers keep aquatic plants in their tanks to control phytoplankton and moss by removing metabolites. Many species of aquatic plant are invasive species. However, some aquatic constitute the primary producers of aquatic ecosystems. They convert incident radiant energy of the sun to chemical energy in the presence of nutrients like phosphorous, nitrogen, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc. They are the foundation of the food web, in providing a nutritional base for zooplankton and subsequently to other invertebrates, shell fish and finfish. The productivity of any water body is determined by the amount of aquatic plants it contains as they are the major primary and secondary producers; hence, can be use as bio indicators. The study provides information on the meaning of aquatic plants, types of aquatic plants, characteristics of hydrophytes, adaptations, zonation, classification and control of aquatic weeds to provide the required information for fish culturists.
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A.A. Oyedeji and J.F.N. Abowei, 2012. The Classification, Distribution, Control and Economic Importance of Aquatic Plants.  International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 1(2): 118-128.
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