Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Biochemical and nutritive analysis of invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla verticillata (L.F) Royle
Author(s): Lasyaja AB, T Anitha, Lintu Thomas, Gayathri P, Suganya M, Chithra S
Abstract: Indian population has been increasing at alarming rate day by day. It leads to food crisis and malnutrition in India. This issue can be overcome by the intake of locally available edible invasive weeds. Hydrilla verticillata collected from Palakkad district, Kerala. The collected plants were dried and stored in air tight container. The biochemical analysis were carried out by following standard methods in the lab. The results were tabulated and represented in chart and compared with RDA value. Result showed the presence of carbohydrate, starch, protein and amino acid in least amount. Characteristic presence of the vitamins and minerals were also observed and found to be in required amount. On analyzing, the plant showed the potential to act as a source of Vitamin B1, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. This micronutrients possess the nutritive value greater than the RDA value. Hence Hydrilla can be considered to improve the health status of the consumer as a result of the presence of nutrients that are vital for good health.