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[aroid-l] Stolen cycads - microchips

  • Subject: [aroid-l] Stolen cycads - microchips
  • From: James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
  • Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 11:41:17 -0600

Dear all;
The Alpine-L list has recently had a discussion on the use of micro chips implanted into CITES plants (Cycads certainly qualify) and Don Hackenberry suggested this site:

and Jan Jeddeloh wrote:

Microchips already ARE being used to mark endangered species in North
Carolina, USA according to an article in the Fall 2002 issue of Native Plant
Journal. Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are using a
rice sized silicon chip and a permanent dye to mark ginseng, trillium,
sarracenia and blue cohosh. The deterrent dye is permanent and is quickly
absorbed into the roots.The chip is to allow tracking of any poachers not
deterred by funny colored roots.

Check the alpine -L archives for more.

It seems like a small price to pay for large, valuable irreplaceable specimens whether cycads, aroids or anything. This is routine for many pet and rare animal owners.

Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph. 816-746-1949
E-fax 419-781-8594

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