For many, petunia is the most beloved flower in the world.
But in some places, such as Brazil, it can cause health problems, according to a new report.
The report by the Brazilian Association of Veterinarians (ABV) found that in a country where the number of petunia flowers is the second highest in the whole world, more than 20 percent of the petunia plants have been lost due to overgrown vegetation.
The most common reasons cited were the presence of disease or pests, poor irrigation, and poor water quality, according the report.
“Petunia is considered a precious commodity that can be used to make jewellery, shoes and other accessories,” the report said.
In Brazil, where there are more than 300,000 petunia trees, over 90 percent of them are grown in the Amazon, according TOEFA, the research arm of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
A few years ago, the Brazilian government banned the use of petunias in the market, which resulted in a drop in petunia prices.
But in 2014, petunas price began to rebound, thanks to a government initiative.
“We have seen an increase in petuna prices due to a number of different reasons,” Dr. Alexandre Nogueira, a veterinarian in Sao Paulo, told local media.
The ABV study, however, warned that the lack of information is a cause of concern.
It suggested that the government should use the opportunity to educate consumers about the health risks of peturum and the importance of following proper practices when growing the flower.
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