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The Salvinia molesta, commonly known as “Water Fern” is an aggressive and fast-growing Alien Invasive Aquatic Weed of South-Eastern Brazil origin. During the past 60 years, it has been spread widely throughout the world and recently added to the list of the World’s 100 Most Invasive Species.

Earlier, it was reported as a problematic aquatic weed in Kerala and other parts of South India, besides the stray occurrence in Odisha, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra. Recently, the Weed’s severe infestation was found in Satpura Reservoir in Sarni Town of Betul and 3 to 4 Villages of Jabalpur and Katni Districts of Madhya Pradesh adversely affecting the irrigation, hydroelectric generation, water availability, and navigation besides drastic reduction in the production of fish and aquatic crops (chestnut).

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