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Industries such as the nursery industry have taken steps to phase out the use of weeds; however the cut flower industry has been slower to respond. Recent assessments have shown that up to 170 species of weeds are being used in floristry throughout Australia. Because floral products are
often transported over large distances before and after sale, they present an opportunity for weeds to extend their range over a much larger area than they would by natural dispersal methods such as water or wind.