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The endangered 'Matchstick Banksia'. Image: Gnangarra, Wikipedia Commons.

Could human psychology have something to do with plant extinctions?

Research this week shows 571  plant species have gone extinct since 1750, but scientists say that’s likely a big underestimate.

One major problem is a lack of funding for plant conservation work, including surveys, which take time and effort to complete.

But another issue might be that we just don’t notice our affect on plant life either because our brains aren’t hardwired to see them in detail or due to our cultural beliefs.

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