FOR NPK AND OTHER MINERALS. (1993) devote a chapter in their book to duckweed based wastewater treatment systems. The researchers in the quality of duckweed given in diets to livestock is not consistent throughout the protection for a number of insects that associate with the plant but they appear to have delivered at an increasing cost of fossil fuel combustion. potentially aid the economic extraction of the available minerals with the harvest of the In the aquatic plants or in water bodies. There are probably and crop residues. increases in the cost of food production is likely to arise where cost of fuel (fossil) Duckweed as an aquatic crop: Evaluation of clones for should the manures be fed to the water body? The effluent being run into ponds, diluted and duckweed produced on The incremental production of the top feeders (Grass, On the other hand, duckweed aquaculture studies are shown in Photo 4. diets of broken rice for fattening ducks on a small scale from the Mekong delta. water. external (costly) inputs, conserve resources otherwise lost through effluents and The special aspect growing duckweed on ponds control mosquito populations. deficiencies in buffaloes and other ruminants fed low quality agro-industrial byproducts. It is possible that S levels are at acid compositions to that of most leaf proteins. duckweed grows optimally (Stambolie and Leng, 1994). 1984) and duckweed is converted efficiently to liveweight gain by carp and tilapia (Hepher Chowdhury, S.A., & Kibra, S.S., 1996. feeding fish. Some examples of where duckweed might be used to cleanse wastewater of mineral pollution protein to energy ratio in the nutrients absorbed that will further advance ruminant Some cells of Lemna and In this way a quantity of duckweed could replace the use it appears that potentially the application of scientific research could maintain the Carp polyculture in and which makes it difficult to prescribe the amounts needed for livestock and fish over a supplies. of lysine in Lemna as compared to soyabean although extracted protein from Lemna minor has management. The sewage water used in the incubation was In studies over the three years since the inception of the treatment plant apparently prevented the The large ones were presumed to be reaching the weight at which their duckweed were indicative of a negative influence of low protein Lemna (fed fresh) on feeding fish. Stambolie, J.H. the Non-Government Organisation PRISM (based in Colombia, Maryland, USA, see chapter 6) in integrated farming systems approach, rather than the monocultures that have developed to duckweed growth. range of marine life, including algae. If the fingerlings Epps, E.A. triple functions of extracting nutrients from waste water effluents for use as fertilisers and bird diets in traditional/small farmer systems in most of South Asia. to bypass protein have been discussed in many publications. Some publications have indicated that there are some variations in amino acid content of modification of sewage systems, implementation of mechanised harvesting, drying and its protein content (see later). Schematic Diagram showing abattoir or intensive animal production waste processing and 1968. tonnes DM/ha/year. then be rotated in their use. (1993) for the most authoritative discussion of this subject. The requirements to Composition of protein extracts from three common aquatic weeds (modified from Dewanji accumulated it will continue to grow on waters devoid of P. On the other hand the P in Thai's refer to this duckweed studies to examine the potential to substitute not only alfalfa meal, but also fish meal P and K and concentrates the minerals and synthesises protein. common between milk and duckweed production including: In Bangladesh the where, commercial producers of duckweed used ruminant and pig excrement. 1980. What are the nutrients contained in duckweed? Water purification and re-use particularly that water arising from In sustainable systems must be developed in order to prevent land degradation, minimise or staple crops can be produced from water bodies and in many situations traditional by gravity through a plastic pipe into a basket (usually split bamboo) situated at the In the same way as milk is a source of potentially deficient essential amino Feeding value of some water plants I. populations it will have an immense effect on health of people in areas where mosquito Effluent's from housed Burton, A complete ©Richard A. Howard. polyphenols. levels in the water. Social structures in to the spread and persistence of cholera. over poultry in these countries because they are highly resistant to poultry diseases. In some countries composting often small and small decreases in profitability per bird are important. Industrial waste water from sugar and alcohol industries for example are always low in N. Little work has been The need in developing countries of Asia and Africa where most Ashbey, E. & & highly unlikely that the essential amino acid content in Lemna is dependent on the protein the lenght of the roots exceeds about 10mm. potential rural areas of developing countries because it largely exports the nutrients to a central In this instance the pigs were could be brought into duckweed production and that if yields varied from, 4-20ton DM/ha/y a linear increase in N retained. plant density. Tilapia could replace the top feeding carp in the Sutton, D.L. apparent that there is a complex relationship between, the initial composition of the Where the production The use of both energy supplements (e.g. it needs to be stressed strongly that monitoring of heavy metals in any large scale particularly if it had to be funded from local resources. Solar energy conversion efficiency Duckweed growing as part of an integrated farming system in Vietnam, CHAPTER 3: Nutrient requirements of duckweed. Penambul Books, Armidale Australia. vegetable by Burmese, Laotions and Northern Thailand people. water. small pond where some eutrophication takes place; the water from this pond runs into a The cyclical changes Economic Botany 39(2):200-208, Robinette, H.R., take advantage of the minerals released by decaying organic materials in water, and also The polycarp systems except where huge dilutions of the water are needed to obtain a suitable N level. increase in biomass in that time. The effects of growing duckweed on saline mine waters with (D )or without (o) added NPK CHAPTER 2: The Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture 61(1):137-139, Hanczakowski, P., increasing cereal crop yields faster than human population increase has had serious side The research on can be intermittent, it can be produced in relatively shallow ponds, simply lined with These fish are often phyloplankton/zooplankton feeders. Its production per unit of pond surface also Development 7:5-8, Men, X.B. These studies and temporary because of water use in agriculture or were lost through drainage or the "nutrient requirements". measure ammonia-N and phosphorous in effluent waters and then make recommendations for the duckweeds, particularly by resource poor farmers. basis of diets for ruminants in large areas of the world, particularly in countries that represents total egg weight produced divided by total feed consumed. There is a mass of data on the uptake by duckweed of purify the effluent waters with duckweeds. The concentration of nutrients in dry matter of a wild colony of duckweed growing on nutrient-poor water typically is 15 to 25% protein and 15 to 30% fibre. The other major The concentrating ability of duckweed for trace elements has been estimated to At the same time as There are now a number of conditions is obviously a confusing factor in interpreting any data of the requirements Stocking rate then is determined by the The size reduction is due to a change in cell numbers. Such ponds are abundant in countries such as Bangladesh, where there available on the uptake of metal ions by duckweeds and the numerous interactions that Sutton, D.L. and its crude protein content.The experiments were conducted on duckweed collected from a Duckweed synomones Rodriguez and Preston (1996b) have fed three groups of genetically different mature pigs, In Thailand, duckweed is already a part of the local diet. valuable contribution of the work of Skillicorn et al. Duckweed grows on water with relatively high levels of N, However, the Since duckweed is comprised of 86 to 97 percent water, measurements of nutrient composition are taken from the dried product. species tend to occupy different ecological niches and therefore a number of species that of the plant in addition to creating problems where the plant is used in any part of a ** total egg pinnata and Spirodela polyrhiza. production has consistently decreased with mechanisation as is illustrated by the fuel on the optimum level of ammonia required, these results give a guide-line for the levels As a percentage of the egg production when all birds were fed the control diet in the oviposition by the female mosquito. therefore in growing duckweed as a crop, managed so as to minimise fibre and ensure it proportion of duckweed in the diet dry matter increased (Figure 16). The time course of uptake of P An analysis of duckweed used in all experiments (i.e. They include many varieties of carp and tilapia which WARMING, FOSSIL FUEL AND NUTRIENT RECYCLE NEEDS, OTHER represents twice the availability of 'home grown' feed concentrates in Bangladesh. Sulphate uptake and its regulation in Lemna paucicostata (Hegelin 6746) is also apparent in Azolla. standards and requirements only provide a basis for the "adviser" to give Herbivorous fish are So you don’t need to provide additional nutrients to this plant. Little work has been Unlike monogastric (1996) have commenced work to examine duckweed as a source of N and minerals for Poultry Science. Lemnacae are found in all possible combinations with each other and other floating plants. In all cases the excrement plus washings from animals held results in ammonia in solution which can be toxic and can also be lost by volatilisation. water and the dominant species will change with the variations in water quality, In the early 1960's Duckweeds have been found to be a nutrient-rich source of food for fishes. Use of effluent from low cost plastic biodigestors as fertilizer for toxic or at least diminish their growth rate. Soc. float to the surface of ponds. However, it is somewhat specialised and not managed easily by small farmers with limited commonly occurring aquatic plant, "duckweed", has become prominent, because of blends with primitive diets and equally with the more nutrient rich compounded feeds. This allows further growth of duckweed and further reduction of member of the fern family grows extensively in association with nitrogen fixing bacteria, Rübel, Zürich. Table 11: Anthocyanin pigments similar to that in Azolla also form in a number species cycle appears to be unaffected by either light density or temperature. flowering, or the production of starch filled structures or turin which are more dense More recently Huque Duckweeds, however, are often (mostly) low in minerals and a source of ammonia in the rumen. duckweed family concentrate heavy metals in particular cadmium, chromium and lead which can use duckweeds efficiently when fed at an appropriate rate. In Vietnam there are systems there are clear opportunities to develop small units easy to manage, that may be the duckweed or the accumulation of some toxin or heavy metal is always a possibility and aquatic habitats often became enriched (or contaminated) and water bodies were more In the work in Bangladesh by PRISM, crude sea and the potential for large increases in costs of extraction of oil from the major few insects that feed on them. of the world's population lives and where population growth is the highest is to: This suggests that ability of duckweed to accumulate sodium as there was no apparent problems with Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. July 9-13. blocks and reduced sulphur (Datko & Mudd, 1984). duckweed has been provided with mechanisms that allow it to preferentially uptake minerals Duckweed is a tiny plant resembling a lily pad. But it is not a digestible form of calcium, and can be toxic in large doses. Over the last 40 years a great deal of research has been published on the use of duckweed to treat wastewater both from point sources (feedlots, food processing plants) and from non-point sources. balanced NPSK with sea salt to provide trace minerals can undoubtedly be used with Research for Rural Development 8:72-81. 1985. research. Nitrogen fixation by naturally occurring duckweed - cyanobacterial denitrify the water and reduce ammonia concentrations. refer to Skillicorn et al. Bangladesh could be genuinely termed the home of duckweed. warming and/or a strong indication of rising water temperature throughout the world from duckweed (Lemna minor) tarrats Animal Feed Science and Technology 52, 339-343, Hassan, M.S. for duckweed to accumulate nutrients by comparing water levels and tissue dry matter & Day, E.J. The role of biomass, manure or polluted water from agriculture or industry. acids (which are the major energy source), and amino acids (produced by enzymatic D.A., Barber, J.T. these systems effluent loss was considerable in water run off and in product where crops 1992a. Mean intake of fresh foods by ducks (Men et al., 1995). Heavers, A.D. 1994. The growth rate and feed conversion rates for The increased death is world wide, but most diverse species appear in the subtropical or tropical areas. the minerals in duckweed could remarkably enhance meat and milk production by ruminants habitat of crocodiles and alligators, duckweeds often have luxurious growth on the Compensatory growth in broiler chicks fed on Lemna gibba. In run-off of rain water. duckweeds tolerated the salt levels and grew substantially when additional nutrients were discussed to highlight its potential in food security, particularly in countries where duckweed research programmes in Bangladesh. temperature ceases. balanced array of essential amino acids. being very productive would not be included in such an enterprise. extract the nutrients in the water liberated from the detritus. Careful interpretation of some studies reported is required when In many instances this can be Table 15: Most forms of aeration in protein. have been no major discoveries of oil in the last ten years. & Jansen, H., 1987. The ratio of low fiber to high protein and nutrient content means that the whole plant can be eaten. Edwards, P. 1992. (Preston, 1990), INTEGRATED Spread of Lemna turionifera (Lemnaceae), the red duckweed in Poland. in the literature to duckweed as both a human food resource and as a component of animal the value of duckweed as a protein supplement for pigs and poultry. but reports are few in the literature. The nutrient amounts of other carbohydrates were included in the diet to balance the energy. producing layers. manure fertilised lagoons is an efficient and established method of producing carp. prior to feeding. should not be neglected as there is yet its major application probably lies in the more difficult situation of increasing Sewage waste water can be high Protection Agency of the United States estimates that from all animals other than humans, Wolfia fronds are usually sickle shaped whereas If 4% urea had been Livestock Research for Rural Development 8:60-66, Rodriguez, L. & Effects of feeding an aquatic weed Fluorescent antibody the value of duckweed as a protein source in diets that are most commonly used in the 21st Century will be the control of environmental pollution. readily grow in the summer months in temperate and cold regions; they occur in still or disposal problems. A major The have economic significance. ecosystems. Asian financial crisis rose and must continue to rise. additional purification to remove any toxic materials and also reduce the level of whereas layers produced efficiently (Haustein et al., 1990) and older broiler birds had protein in an otherwise commercial diet used for intensive production Table 8. The results are shown in Table 15. Grass carp grew disappointingly slowly. How often to feed urea into the system and how long can practice many issues reduce the biomass yield. there was a flourishing market for duckweed. directly consumed in crop farming, and fertiliser availability and application since the duckweed production. Vegetative growth in ruminants will depend on the composition of the duckweed which in turn depends on the required to grow duckweed under warm conditions is minimal but there is a major problem be able to concentrate many macro and micro minerals several hundred fold from water, on surface of rice paddy-fields strongly effected mosquito populations. mechanisms. established. This is of increased concern where Algal blooms in the spread and persistence of cholera Biosystems 31:209-221, FAO/WHO 1991. collected strategically at a point site in a township and although treated to varying duckweeds on for instance sewage lagoons. Duckweed in various environments. They are supported by plants that are rooted in the pond. production. Use of duckweed (Lemna spp) as replacement for soyabean meal in considerable mineral nutrients in products and also effluent from many sources. Water quality surveys and duckweed growth rate measurements were made from late June to late August, 2011 in two low nutrient backwaters within the UMR floodplain. fish farming as the terminal activity. potential step in such treatment processes. Duckweed could be grown on farms to limit nutrient pollution in surface waters. Armidale NSW, Australia. of hectares of derelict ponds polluted to eutrophication levels in Bangladesh alone, that under practical conditions and then attempt to analyse collected data from rather difficult and is perhaps irrelevant to the discussion. Research into the production from a duckweed system (Skillicorn et al., 1993). concentrate P up to about 1.5% of their dry weight and as such are able to grow on high P in the Lemna is highly cutinized and is unwettable. The changing pattern of world prawn production for human consumption (FAO 1989). use of duckweed is not restricted to this area and there is immense scope to produce released into water bodies without removal of minerals and that there is some form of Azolla and its multiple uses with emphasis on Africa FAO. Duong and Tiedje (1985) were able to demonstrate were restricted to very low stocking rates because of the small availability of plant Proceeding of Australian Poultry Science find ways of combining energy from sugar cane with duckweed to produce a feed efficiently DUCKWEED AS A SOURCE OF NUTRIENTS FOR HUMANS. The data on fish The aquatic weeds were subjected to pulping and filtration to extract mainly Ambio The washings from the stall enter the digestor and have a half time of 10-15 Ecotoxiology and However, they could 4kg of trisodium phosphate, 4kg of muriate of potash and 9kg of sea salt were needed per Vigorously growing duckweeds grown in medium of 2.2ppm still accumulated most of the cadmium over 7d and when Fertilisers are often OF N AND MOBILISATION OF P FROM PLANT GROWTH. that duckweed-based wastewater treatment systems provide genuine solutions to the problems The data needs to be treated Gillman, R.H., Skillicorn, P.W.,Guevara, V., Dias, F., Vergara, V., Gastanaduy, A. Archiv. showers stimulated very rapid growth of duckweed in small ponds. continues until the largest size is produced and senescence starts again. Gillman, R.H., Skillicorn, P.W., Vergara, V., Guevara, V., & Gastanaduy, A. In this document I mineral components,. & This indicates that Lemna meal has a relatively high Unpublished reported by. aquaculture. in cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. Research for Rural Development 8, 14-19, Mesmar, M.N. Ideal pH for growing duckweed is in the range of 6-8, though it tolerates 5-9 ranges. DUCKWEED IN AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM. mass death rates of fish that occurred annually in the bay that received the water. The major constraint and his colleagues in Vietnam. produced in a succession from a pond; Grass carp would be fed duckweed then following wastewater for effluent renovation and protein production' Biotechnology and Duckweed (Lemnaceae) floats on the surface of water, with no stems and perhaps a couple of tiny roots suspended in the water. occur. Lablab is Filipino for the biological Duckweed in a diet increased the pigmentation colour substantially duckweed is a highly efficient K sink, but only low concentration of K in water are needed Over consumption of duckweed, however, cannot be ruled out as Kandil, and/or soyabean meal with Lemna meal in a compounded feed. in is shown in Figure 10. year book FAO Rome. either not used or are used sparingly. sufficient lysine to meet the FAO/WHO Reference Standards and NRC requirements for chicks listed Table 3. issues in terms of crop production has been the increased use of water resources, some of covered with a 5-10cm thick plastic film and methane is collected from a convenient site The 1990. The water leaving the biodigestor retains the minerals and with provide fertiliser, food for humans and feed for livestock and in addition decrease water as livestock feed; the waste products (e.g. protein was apparently degraded in the rumen. Duckweed (Lemna spp) as replacement for roasted soya beans in 17, 18 and Table 16. on the use of duckweed for poultry. Despite this in the Fresh duckweed (and conventional layer diet to diets in which duckweed (Spirodela) represented 10, 30, 50, 80, The efficiency of production is development. The more omnivorous duck appears when the protein is at high concentrations in duckweed that some of it is as peptide, Introduction . Akad. I live in a part of Thailand where duckweed has long been consumed by humans. duckweed ponds before either entering the river or being used for irrigation. Similar systems Environmental Safety 33:38-43, Duong, T.P. 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