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Giant Salvinia a Cure for Cancer

Giant Salvinia, also known as water fern and kariba weed, is native to Brazil; and has been invading waters of the United States since the late 1930’s. Giant Salvinia is a rapidly growing aquatic invasive species that travels from lake to lake mainly on boats and trailers. A sprig caught in a propeller can be carried to another body of water and can quickly produce a full grown two to four foot deep mat of vegetation that can block out the sun causing other aquatic plants to die off.

There could a silver lining to the Giant Salvinia invasion however. Researchers at Stephen F. Austin University’s National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops has determined that plant extracts can inhibit the growth of human tumor cells. In addition to the cancer-fighting, research on the invasive species could also benefit those who are working to find a way to eradicate the destructive species.

 
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