IICT makes organic manure from water hyacinth

For years uncontrolled water hyacinth, an invasive species has posed a grave threat to the aquatic ecosystem.

This invasive species that covers lakes and ponds is infamous for affecting water flow, blocking sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, thus, killing them, becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes or parasites and depleting dissolved oxygen, threatening life under these water bodies.

But what if we told you, this threatening species could boost vegetation if used innovatively?

Yes, in a path-breaking move that could be adopted across urban lakes in the country, Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and Khar Energy Optimisers converted water hyacinth from the Kapra Lake into organic manure for farming.