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Plant blindness and the illegal wildlife trade

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘wildlife’? Almost certainly an animal—and perhaps that’s a problem.

Even as illegal trade in wildlife now receives considerable attention in conservation circles, not much attention is paid to species-jeopardizing illegal trade in plants.

This is “a latest manifestation of plant blindness” and could have “serious and detrimental effects for biodiversity conservation,” write researchers led by Jared Margulies, a political ecologist at the University of Alabama, in the journal Plants, People, Planet.