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Effects of nutrient levels on growth characteristics and competitive ability of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) , an aquatic invasive plant

Zhao YueQin; Lu JianBo; Zhu Lei; Fu ZhiHui

Biodiversity Science 14(2): 159-164

2006


ISSN/ISBN: 1005-0094
Accession: 004424334

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a noxious invasive species, has infested vast aquatic ecosystems. Besides its extraordinary adaptive ability and clonal growth, the eutrophication of water bodies also account for its rapid spread. Based on a series of pot experiments, we examined the growth characteristics of water hyacinth at three different nutrient levels, as well as its competitive effects on two native plants Ludwigia peploides ssp. stipulacea and Hydrilla verticillata.

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