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Individual study: The aquarium trade: a potential risk for nonnative plant introductions in Connecticut, USA

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June-Wells M., Vossbrinck C.R., Gibbons J. & Bugbee G. (2012) The aquarium trade: a potential risk for nonnative plant introductions in Connecticut, USA. Lake and Reservoir Management, 28, 200-205


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Parrot’s feather: Reduction of trade through legislation and codes of conduct Control of Freshwater Invasive Species

A study between 2008 and 2010 in Connecticut, USA (June-Wells et al. 2012) reported that banning the trade of parrot’s feather Myriophyllum aquaticum did not eliminate the trade in the species. After a state-wide trade ban, parrot’s feather was available for sale in two out of 23 stores surveyed in 2008 (9%) and in one out of 47 stores surveyed in 2010 (2%). Additionally, in 2010, five stores sold a Myriophyllum species that could not be identified through morphological or molecular techniques. Nearly 30% of the stores surveyed sold aquatic plants banned in the state of Connecticut. At each store, authors purchased any aquatic plants that morphologically resembled a species banned in Connecticut. The species of the specimens purchased was identified morphologically and through DNA sequencing. Authors did not present the date of the trade ban.

(Summarised by Ricardo Rocha)