Nurs­ery-raised orchids could aid wild species

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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

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