Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) phytoremediation references


7 Apr 2008
nr Bath
Hi all,
I've recently found a few more references using Limnobium laevigatum in wastewater treatment.

Because Limnobium is my preferred "Duckweed" for the <"Duckweed Index">, I thought I'd start a thread. Because it is a thread I've started I should be able to add any new references that I find.

Aponte, H. & Pacherres, C. (2013) <"Growth and propagation of Limnobium laevigatum (Hydrocharitaceae) under different nutrient concentrations">
The Biologist, 11:1, 69-78.

Arán, D.S., Harguinteguy, C.A., Fernandez-Cirelli, A. et al. (2017) <"Phytoextraction of Pb, Cr, Ni, and Zn using the aquatic plant Limnobium laevigatum and its potential use in the treatment of wastewater."> Environ Sci Pollut Res 24, 18295–18308.

Fernández San Juan, M.R., Albornoz, C.B., Larsen, K. et al. (2018) <"Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in Limnobium laevigatum and Ludwigia peploides: their phytoremediation potential in water contaminated with heavy metals">. Environ Earth Sci 77, 404.


Winton, R.S., Kleinschroth, F., Calamita, E. et al. (2020) <"Potential of aquatic weeds to improve water quality in natural waterways of the Zambezi catchment">. Sci Rep 10, 15467. (This is principally an Eichornia paper)

Sudiarto, S., Renggaman, A. & Choi, H. (2019) "Floating aquatic plants for total nitrogen and phosphorus removal from treated swine wastewater and their biomass characteristics" Journal of Environmental Management 231 pp 763-769


Fig. 3. Initial (A) and final (B) appearance of floating plants in the E-10 treatment (upper pictures) and H-0.5 treatment (lower pictures). From the left to right (Lemna sp, Pistia stratiotes, Echornia crassipes, Limnobium Laevigatum). E10 = 10% swine Effluent, H0.5 1/2 strength Hoagland's solution.

Kabutey, F., Ding, J. et al. (2019) "Pollutant removal and bioelectricity generation from urban river sediment using a macrophyte cathode sediment microbial fuel cell (mSMFC)". Bioelectrochemistry 128, pp. 241-251

cheers Darrel
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