European orchids protection centre to open in Czech Republic

A European center for orchids protection will be established in the Czech Republic under the aegis of the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University, the ctk news agency reports. The centre, to be seated in Českée Budejovice, is to prevent a further decrease in the number of orchid species caused by negative global changes. There are presently some 50 orchid species in the Czech Republic, the most rare of which is the Pseudorchis albida, a small white orchid growing in the Šumava mountains.