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The Importance of Maintaining Bromeliad Imports

D. J. Cathcart
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 78, No. 1 (Mar., 1995), pp. 16-21
DOI: 10.2307/3495662
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3495662
Page Count: 6
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The Importance of Maintaining Bromeliad Imports
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Abstract

Exotic bromeliads are important to horticulture in Florida. Several hundred bromeliad species from eight common and over 40 obscure genera have been imported into Florida to fuel an industry of horticulture and scientific enquiry. Recent moves aimed at restricting the importation of exotic fauna and flora, including bromeliads, could be detrimental to an important industry. This information is presented to argue for the economic importance of bromeliads, their low incidence of pest infestation and lack of any threat to native species through intentional or unintentional release of imported species to the wild. Additional benefits are gained from the cultivation and ultimate preservation of endangered taxa. /// Las bromelias exóticas son parte importante de la horticultura en la Florida. Varios cientos de especies de bromelias correspondientes a 8 géneros comunes y más de 40 no comunes han sido importadas a la Florida con el propósito de incrementar la industria de la horticultura y de satisfacer las necesidades de la investigación científica. Las recientes medidas de restricción a la importación de flora y fauna exóticas, incluyendo bromelias, podrían actuar en detrimento de tal actividad. La presente información sustenta el interés económico de las bromelias, su baja incidencia de infestación, y la ausencia de peligro alguno para las especies nativas, motivado por la liberación intencional o accidental de especies importadas. Beneficios adicionales podrían obtenerse mediante el cultivo y la preservación de los grupos en peligro de extinción.

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