IJSRP, Volume 2, Issue 8, August 2012 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Bhagyaleena.P. , R. Gopalan
Palakkad is is a district in kerala which contain 10500 ponds ( as per the Gazateer of Palakkad district). Ponds are not merely the water storage areas, they contain numerous plants also. Some are used as food and some are economically important also. Now a days the number of ponds are decreasing rapidly due to anthropological activities like uncontrolled construction works, filling of ponds by soil, converting the ponds into agricultural areas etc., thus by destroying the aquatic ecosystems. If the present situation continues it will lead to the end of the pond ecosystem. Most of the people are more conscious about the conservation of forests. Pond plants are more or less neglected. The present work is to give importance to pond plants and to their conservation.
Selected ponds are rich in plants,and are having economic importance also.Since the wetland ecosystem is playing a major role in the ecosystem it is the time to take steps in conserving ponds and pond plants.