Notes on Aquarium Plant Production in Peruvian Amazonia

Samuli Lehtonen, Luis Angel Rodríguez Arévalo

Abstract


Two Echinodorus species were produced in masses in Peruvian Amazonia for international aquarium plant trade from the 1950s to 1990s. In the beginning of this time period
production was large-scale including field cultivation, but to the end of the period production faded rapidly. Decline
in production was a consequence of rapid development
of aquarium plant cultivation in Asia, U.S.A. and Europe.
Nowadays aquarium plant production involves in vitro
propagation and other highly sophisticated methods, and thus re-establishing large-scale aquarium plant production
in Amazonian countries may not be economically viable. However, due to high biodiversity in Amazonia, the area may have a significant role in new aquarium cultivar prospecting.

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