The Wind Brings, the Wind Takes

The restructuring of agriculture is a threat to several species in Finland. Many previously common weeds are now endangered or extinct. Should they be protected?

Corn gromwell (Buglossoides arvensis) is an ancient introduction and field weed in Finland, which was also used as a colouring plant. Plant books maintained a misconception about its commonness until it was noticed that it had declined drastically due to improvements in weed seed filtering. Could it make a return to organically grown autumn cereal fields?

Map of the Isle of Seili where the recording place of wind is marked by corn gromwell seed