Aquatic Vegetables

A.K. Pandey, Agrotech Publishing Academy, 2011, xx, 212 p, 8 Col. Plates, 46 b/w figs, tables, ISBN : 9788183211970, $85.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Aquatic Vegetables

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Aquatic vegetables introductory consideration. 2. Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica forsskal). 3. Water chestnut (Trapa bispinosa Roxb.). 4. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera gaertn.). 5. Gorgon fruit (Euryale ferox Salisb.). 6. Indian red water Lily (Nymphaea nouchali Burm. F.). 7. Fragrant water Lily (Nymphaea odorata Ait.). 8. Indian blue water Lily (Nymphaea stellata Willd.). 9. Pygmy water lily (Nymphaea tetragona Georgi). 10. Typha angustifolia L. 11. Broadleaf Cattail (Typha latifolia L.). 12. Ceylon spinach [Talinum triangulare (Jacq.) Willd.]. 13. Wasabi [Wasabia japonica (miq.) Matsum.]. 14. Buffalo spinach (Enydra fluctuans Loureiro). 15. Manchurian rice [Zizania latifolia (Griseb.) Turcz. Ex Stapf]. 16. Water dropwort [Oenanthe javanica (Blume) DC.]. 17. Marsilea minuta L. 18. Monochoria C. Presl. 19. Water Mimosa (Neptunia oleracea Loureiro). 20. Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes L.). 21. Water spirte (Ceraptopteris thalicteroides (L.) Brongn.). 22. Water pepper (Polygonum hydropiper L.). 23. Water fern (Dentella repens J.R. Forst. And G. Forst.). 24. Water Shielf (Brasenia schreberi J.F. Gmel.). 25. Ponanganni [Alternanthera Sessillis (L.) DC.]. 26. Chinese arrowhead (Sagittaria trifolia L.). 27. Keysoor [Scirpus grossus (l.) f. Tikiu]. 28. Sonneratia [Sonneratia caseolaris (l.) Engler]. 29. Paracress (Spilanthesacmella AH Moore). 30. Giantchickweed (Stellaria aquatica L. Scop.). 31. Swamp Taro [Cyrtosperma chamissonis (schott) Merr.] 32. Eel Grass (Vallisneria spiralis L.). 33. Frog Bit [Hydrocharis dubia (Blume) Backer]. 34. Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus L.). 35. Common water plantain (Alisa plantago aquatica L.). 36. Achyranthes aquatica (Roxburgh) Walich. 37. Aponogeton crispum Thumb. 38. Velvetleaf [Limnocharis flava (L.) Buchenau]. 39. Goldenclub (Orontium aquaticum L.). 40. Duck Lettuce [Ottelia alismoides (L.) Pers.]. 41. Parrots feather [Myriophyllum aquaticum (J.M. da Conceicao Vellozo) Verdc.]. 42. Hydrolea zeylanica (L.) Vahl]. 43. Watercress (Rorippa Scop.). 44. Chinese water chestnut [Eleocharis dulcis (Burm.F.) Trin.]. 45. Edible algae. Index of scientific plant names. Subject index.

This book covers valuable information on number of aquatic edible greens found across the globe in various submerged places lying in tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. In India, a number of aquatic vegetables viz., water chest nut (Trapa spp.), water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica), lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), and watercress (Nasturtium Aquaticum) are grown sporadically/commercially. Recently, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi has established a National Research Centre on Makhana at Darbhanga (Bihar). Aquatic vegetables are rich in nutrition, dietary fibres, phytochemicals and antioxidants and may play a pivotal role in reducing the malnutrition in general and micronutrient malnutrition in particular. Apart from nutritional and medicinal importance adhered with the aquatic vegetables, they play an important role in maintaining the wetland ecosystem. Sustaining the health of wetland ecosystem is sine qua non in the changing climatic catastrophe. In India, the number of aquatic plant species exceeds more than thousand, however, very limited efforts have been made to collect, characterize and maintain the genetic wealth of aquatic vegetables. Aquatic vegetables are ecofriendly and least suffers from any major diseases and pests and can be raised without applying any chemicals. Concerted efforts are needed to unravel the genes, which lie behind some of these significant attributes such as resistance to pests, and it may be used to improve other crops also. Research strategies are needed to map the genetic sequences of some of the promising aquatic species. Keeping above facts in view aquatic vegetable book has been authored and it seems to be the first exhaustive literature on aquatic vegetables also.

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