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The air-cleaning qualities of plants get a genetically modified boost


Indoor plants aren’t as good for air quality as you might think. Neoplants, a startup, aims to fix that.


In the late 1980s, NASA conducted a study to determine how well indoor plants like aloe vera, Chinese ivy, and potted chrysanthemums abate air pollution. The results were a boon to nursery owners everywhere: the research showed that houseplants can capably dispatch harmful pollutants including benzene and formaldehyde.


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By Claire L. Evans for MIT Technology Review

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