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Plants with economic value along the anthropogenically disturbed Bigaan river

Horacio Factura, Dennis A. Apuan

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Int. J. Biosci.20(6), 280-284, June 2022

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/20.2.1-20

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Abstract

Anthropogenic activities release pollutants that are harmful to the aquatic ecosystem. Bigaan river stretches more than 20 kilometers from Bukidnon down to Cagayan de Oro City (Philippines) and is highly prone to various kinds of pollution. Identifying plant species with economic value could be a useful tool in developing strategies for environmental conservation. Four sampling sites were used covering upper, middle and lower streams of the river and as well as the area close to a tailing pond. The study found 9 species having economic value: Paspalum conjugatum, Saccharum spontaneum, Hylodesmum repandum, Imperata cylindrica, Celosia argentea, Homonoia riparia, Urochloa maxima, Colocasia esculenta and Mikania cordata.  Therefore, immediate mitigation strategies must be implemented not only to protect the plants but also to preserve the ecosystem surrounding Bigaan river. Applying sustainable conservation programs to such ecosystem will definitely improve biodiversity and increase productivity.

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