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Illegal wildlife trade and the persistence of plant blindness

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  • Jared D. Margulies
  • Leigh-Anne Bullough
  • Amy Hinsley
  • Daniel J. Ingram
  • Carly Cowell
  • Barbara Goettsch
  • Bente B. Klitgard
  • Anita Lavorgna
  • Pablo Sinovas
  • Jacob Wesley Phelps
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/07/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Plants, People, Planet
Issue number3
Volume1
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)173-182
Publication statusPublished
Early online date12/07/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A wide variety of plant species are threatened by illegal wildlife trade (IWT), and yet plants receive scant attention in IWT policy and research, a matter of pressing global concern. This review examines how “plant blindness” manifests within policy and research on IWT, with serious and detrimental effects for biodiversity conservation. We suggest several key points: (a) perhaps with the exception of the illegal timber market, plants are overlooked in IWT policy and research; (b) there is insufficient attention from funding agencies to the presence and persistence of illegal trade in plants; and (c) these absences are at least in part resultant from plant blindness as codified in governmental laws defining the meaning of “wildlife.”