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Lone P.A.,Barkatullah University | Bhardwaj A.K.,Government Narmada Post Graduate College Hoshangabad | Shah K.W.,Government Narmada Post Graduate College Hoshangabad
Research Journal of Botany | Year: 2014

In aquatic ecosystems including lakes and reservoirs, water quality gets affected by a number of factors such as natural degradation, processes of eutrophication and the impacts of human activities. These days' water quality problems are as severe as those of water availability and to this serious issue less attention is being paid, particularly in developing countries. With the view to mitigate the degradation of water quality additional sustainable ways are being researched currently throughout the world. Use of plants to address water quality problems especially water pollution i.e., phytoremediation is one of the serious efforts towards the sustainability. Macrophytes grow in aquatic environments and are well adapted to their surroundings. Presence of excessive nutrients in any water body is the root cause of eutrophication which can be checked by macrophytes as they have the potential to eliminate these excessive nutrients. Thus they have capability to improve the quality of water by absorbing nutrients with their effective root systems and hence function as powerful bio-filters. Present study was designed with the sole purpose of eliciting the precious wealth of information on the potentiality of macrophytes (Potamogeton spp.) in improving the quality of water by reducing its nutrient content. Purification of water through plants i.e., macrophytes is a good example of purification of water by natural means and hence results of this investigation indicated that Potamogeton spp., were capable of improving water quality by reducing its nutrient concentrations. © 2014 Academic Journals Inc. Source

Lone P.A.,Government Narmada Post Graduate College Hoshangabad | Bhardwaj A.K.,Government Narmada Post Graduate College Hoshangabad | Shah K.W.,Government Narmada Post Graduate College Hoshangabad
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine | Year: 2015

Objective: To enumerate the diversity of important medicinal plants used traditionally by the local populace in biodiversity rich temperate Himalayan ranges of Bandipora district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Methods: Methods used to explore the plants with medicinal value and to record associated ethnomedicinal knowledge included semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and walk-in-the-woods with local knowledgeable persons, traditional practitioners called "Bhoeris" and tribals (Gujjars and Bakkerwals). Results: During plant exploration in this floristically rich Himalayan region, a very interesting and less-known species of the genus Prenanthes L., (Asteraceae) was recorded. On examination, the species was identified as Prenanthes violaefolia Decne., which represents a first report from Kashmir Himalaya, India. Conclusions: Prenanthes violaefolia could serve as an important source of new potent compounds provided that it is subjected to thorough phytochemical and pharmacological investigations. © 2015 Hainan Medical University. Source

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