Representatives of the Lemnaceae, the duckweed
family, are well-adapted for use as bioindicators
for testing soil and water for toxic
substances. Their rapid multiplication and
the simplicity of their anatomy are important
advantages for this use.
Duckweed morphology and characteristic forms,
modes of multiplication, their reaction to heavy
metal salts, pesticides, a bibliography, a
little history and splendid photographs - all
these you will find on these pages.
The appearance of this English version of the
site became possible thanks to John Cross, the
author of the site "The Charms of Duckweed", www.mobot.org/jwcross/duckweed/
express my gratitude to John for his idea of
translation, pages corrections, interest and
energy in this work. I believe, that these
tiny plants - duckweeds - will present their
charms and mystery to everyone who will seriously
work with them.