SANNI R. O., ADENEGAN-ALAKINDE, T. A., BADERINWA-ADEJUMO, A. O. and AKINKUOLIE, A. O.
Department of Biology,
Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
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Aquatic plant resources (micro and macrophytes) are veritable components of the aquatic ecosystem and they play vital roles in the sustenance of the ecology and biodiversity of their aquatic habitat. Apart from occupying the foundation of the extensive food web of the aquatic environment, they have been identified in various studies as possessing utilisable nutritional and chemical constituents, which can be exploited for their economic importance. It is observed that Nigeria, with its vast aquatic areas and an abundance of these plant resources, has relatively very few research efforts directed at harnessing these natural endowments for their economic utilization. This paper thus reviewed existing works on Nigerian aquatic plants and explores aspects that can be used by interested concerns for entrepreneurial ventures.
Keywords: aquatic plants; macrophytes; aquatic habitat