Summer Adonis floret, Dyer’s spruce, earl catchfly: These are just three of more than 1,000 species that are on the Red List. 28 percent of Germany’s flowering plants are either already extinct or their existence is more or less endangered, writes the Red List Center in Bonn. The main cause of the decline in biodiversity is intensive agriculture with its large amounts of fertilizer that farmers use to achieve high yields. This is unlikely to change in the near future. Except for nature reserves and fallow areas, slow-growing plants that prefer poor locations will have a hard time surviving in the long term.

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