The latest research report that the global 1478 kinds of cactus refrain in endangered status, which is the expansion of human activities and other factors.
Currently, the latest research report, the global 1478 kinds of cactus known in nearly 30 percent in endangered status.
Cactus plant is a key part of the ecological environment in arid areas, while essential to survival for many animals. They provide food and water for some animals, such as: deer, wood rats, rabbits, coyotes, turkeys, quail, lizards and turtles, etc. These species contribute to proliferation cactus seeds. Cactus flowers for hummingbirds and bats provide nectar, bees, moths and other insects to pollinate cactus.
The publishing of the "natural botanical" journal in the near future the latest research report, the gradual expansion due to human activities such cactus survive in the midst of the crisis, more than fifty percent of the cactus species have been used in humans. In recent years, human beings live the illicit trade in cactus, cactus seeds for the horticultural industry and private collections and other factors, resulting in a large number of endangered species of cactus. Collectors from Europe and Asia are the largest contributor to illegal trading cactus, they are very popular in the rare wild cactus species.
The study co-author Dr. Kevin Gaston pointed out that the University of Exeter, I and my colleagues on the 1478 kinds of cactus data were analyzed according to their geographical distribution, population trends, habitat and ecological characteristics, state of conservation, use and trade and other factors, nearly 30 percent of cactus species endangered.