Water hyacinth: a curse or a crop?

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Pirie, N. W. 1960. Water hyacinth: a curse or a crop? Nature. 185, p. 116. https://doi.org/10.1038/185116a0

AuthorsPirie, N. W.

An organism often multiplies explosively when carried to a new environment. Rabbits in Australia are a familiar example, and now we have water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) in south-east Asia, the Nile, and the Congo. In time, enemies of the invader will probably evolve in the new environment, or be introduced into it, and restore a balance, but that may take many years. In the meantime, there is disruption of old patterns of life and effort is therefore put into attempts to eradicate the invader and restore the status quo. This is obviously wise, but it is by no means certain that eradication will be successful, so that it may be prudent to try to find how best to live in the new circumstances. The invader may often be useful.

Year of Publication1960
Journal citation185, p. 116
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1038/185116a0
Open accessPublished as non-open access
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Publication dates
Print09 Jan 1960
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
PublisherNature Publishing Group

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