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Hyacinths taking over Lake Victoria

Postby Narwhal72 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:33 am

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/04/world/afr ... index.html

While I am sure that using one nonnative species to combat another is probably frowned upon by the scientific community, couldn't some manatees be transported to Lake Victoria to eat the hyacinth?

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Re: Hyacinths taking over Lake Victoria

Postby dreday » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:34 pm

They would probably be eaten by hippos. :fish:

I have read that more vic species are surviving in the heavily planted areas now. They are adapting to the stagnant water ways for more cover. They are amazing little fish.
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Re: Hyacinths taking over Lake Victoria

Postby metricliman » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:27 pm

I think it's great that the women are finding a use for the hyacinth. They should definitely get more funding.
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Re: Hyacinths taking over Lake Victoria

Postby samaki » Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:59 am

Hi two bugs( Neochetina ) have been introduced to fight the water hyacinth invasion and succeed in reducing the aeras infested, the women use them as substrate to make some mushroom grow, and also the hyacinth serve to protect some vulnerable species such as Polypterus, Clarias and young of haplochromines, some inhabitants use them also as organic fertilizer and it seems to be very effective, so there are reasons to be optimistic.
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