Aquatic Weeds: Problems, Control and Management

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Author: S M Mathur A N Mathur R K Trivedy Y C Bhatt Pramod Mohonot
ISBN: 8179060217

Aquatic Weeds: Problems, Control and Management fills a long felt gap in this field. Aquatic weeds have been considered a menace in optimum utilization of our water resources for decades and are directly or indirectly responsible for huge economic losses. Some of the invasive species like water hyacinth have devastated a number of freshwater lakes and rivers in India. A number of research groups in India are working on problems created by aquatic weeds. Their control and more recently on their utilization in pollution control and resources recovery. The book, first of its kind the country presents thirty three articles, researcher papers and reviews from well known scientists of this field and encompasses almost all the facets of this area. It deals with a large number of aquatic weeds, prominently water hyacinth; problems created by water hyacinth in various parts of India, its mechanical and biological control, its utilization in pollution control, fodder, fuel, biogas generation, paper and pulp, composting and various other uses. Many papers deal with Indian research on mechanical harvesting & chopping of water hyacinth. For other aquatic weeds the topics covered are: management of invasive aquatic weds, Alleopathy; biological control and their utilization. The book will provide precious information and serve as a reference material for researchers, practicing engineers, managers, and professionals working on all aspects of aquatic weeds.

About Author

Dr. R.K. Trivedy (b. 21-06-1957) is Reader and Head, Department of Pollution Studies, Y.C. College, of Science, Karad, Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He did his M.Sc. in Botany from Banaras Hindu University in1976 and Ph.D. from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 1980. He has taught the subject Environmental Pollution in B.Sc. (Pollution Studies) and M.Sc. (Pollution Studies) Course and has guided research at M.Sc. (partly by research), M.Phil and Ph.D. level. Dr. Trivedy has 28 years of research experience in the field of fresh water ecology, aquatic weed ecology and management, biomonitoring of water pollution and wastewater treatment. He has done pioneering work in India in utilization of water hyacinth for sewage and industrial waste treatment and he is a member of International specialists group in this field. Dr. Trivedy has been Principal investigator of several research projects sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forests, University Grants Commission, India and National River Action Plan. He has organized many National and International Conferences and Training Programmes. He has published over 100 research papers in reputed National and International Journals and books. He has authored / edited 30 books and is the editor of first Environmental Directory of India. He has been editing the prestigious international journal – Pollution Research since 1982 and is also editing Journal of Industrial Pollution control, and other quarterly journals Ecology, Environment and conservation and Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Trivedy has lectured in various Universities in India and Abroad. He is member of several prestigious committees in various states. He is a winner of several Awards. Dr. Trivedy has visited Australia, Nepal, Singapore, Portugal, Spain, France, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius and Phillipines. (e-mail:

Dr. A.N. Mathur is presently working as Dean, College of Technology and Engineering, Udaipur (Rajasthan) has more than 35 years of experience. He has obtained Ph.D. from Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner. His scientific interests are in the field of renewable energy sources, thermal and environmental engineering. He has contributed more than 150 research papers n the International and National journals of repute and proceedings. He has to his credit more than 25 technical books and many training manuals. He has been adjudged best teacher in the faculty of agricultural engineering by Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikanner. He has extensively traveled in India and abroad including USA, China, UK and Thailand.

Er. Pramod Mohnat is Presently working as Assistant Professor, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagarh (Gujarat). He id his Masters in Farm Machinery and Power Engineering n 1989 from College of Technology and Agricultural Engineering, Udaipur (Raj.). He handled several research projects sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He released about tennos of agricultural Engineering, Udaipur (Raj.). He handled several research projects sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He released about tennos of agricultural equipment through research council of Gujarat Agricultural University.

Dr. Y.C. Bhatt is currently working as Head, in the Department of Fram Machinery and Power Engineering at College of Technology and Engineering, Udaipur. He did his M.Tech. and Ph.D. from IIT, Kharagpur (W.B.). He has 25years of experience in teaching, research and extension. He is also working as Prinicipal Investigator in AICRP on FIM, Udaipur center. He has to his credit 3 books, 20 research papers and many popular articles.

Dr. S.M. Mathur has a varied experience of 20 years in teaching, research and extension. He did his Ph.D. in 2000, from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur (Rajasthan). Dr. Mathur is working on Management of Aquatic weeds since 1997. He has published several papers in reputed International and National Journals. He has also edited 3 books and developed many folders on utilization of water hyacinth. Dr. Mathur has been Principal Investigator of no. of projects and guided several Masters and Ph.D. students. Presently, he is working as Associate professor in the Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering at College of Technology and Engineering, Udaipur (Rajasthan). He has been awarded FAO fellowship and visited USA and Thailand.