Nursery-raised orchids could aid wild species
Making colourful orchid varieties available to the public in China could help reduce the sale of wild species, a new UK study has found. Researchers at Bangor and Oxford Universities discovered consumers would be just as happy buying nursery-raised plants.
But market sellers are forced to trade wild-collected plants because there are few sources of cheap, colourful stock. “The wildlife trade is complex and is not a single entity or market – in some cases consumer demand for unsustainably-sourced wild products is the problem, but in other cases the supply is driving the trade,” said Dr Amy Hinsley at Oxford University.
“Studies like this are important because without knowing what drives an illegal market, there’s no way we can know how to address it,” she added.
Orchids collected from the wild at a China flower market
Commercial orchids could replace sales of wild species