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Cleaning pollutants from water with pollen and spores

In addition to their role in plant fertilization and reproduction, pollens and spores have another, hidden talent: With a simple treatment, these cheap, abundant and renewable grains can be converted into tiny sponge-like particles that can grab on to pollutants and remove them from water, scientists report. Even better, these treated particles don't trigger allergies. The researchers will present...
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Hay Fever – The link between pollution and allergy is well known

Hay fever sufferers in Ireland and the UK are experiencing severe symptoms because of a “super pollen” effect, caused by pollen and pollution. Dr Paul Carson from Allergy Ireland said people who have never experienced hay fever are now presenting with symptoms. He told “There are two issues coming together at the moment: There’s a very high level of nitrous oxide in...
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