Water hyacinth (Eichhornia
crassipes) is a free
floating water plant that is native to
Water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes and related species) has been called the worst aquatic plant in the world, the “Beautiful Blue Devil,” A Pariah, A Menace to Commerce, A Plague! It is native to South America, but has been naturalized in most of the southern United States and in many of the world's subtropical and tropical climates.
Water hyacinth plants have a tremendous growth and reproductive rate and the free-floating mats cause substantial problems for people living in its growing area. Millions of dollars are spent each month for its removal and suppression. For a long time people have tried to controlled this plant through a number of methods including removal as waste, using aquatic herbicides, and using biological control agents.
We propose, instead of suppression, removal and waste management; to harvest the Hyacinth and use all of its components to make various commercial products. The first phase will start in the southern U.S. and focus on the low hanging fruit the products giving the biggest bang for the buck.
Only after we master these basic products will we then import the processes and systems to other parts of the world and create other more complicated products. Not only will this approach solve the Water Hyacinth problem in many tropical and subtropical countries, but it will also generate new products, local jobs, and economic development. However, on the products not selected for initial phase of production we will finish the patenting process, do research, and build small pilot plant facilities so as to make a quick impact when we expand the product base. Different divisional Limited Liability Corporations could be organized to use the lessons learned from recent litigation of Bridgestone Tire Company.
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