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Botanists to meet over Plants and Pollution
Express News Service

Role of plants in abating different types of pollution would be discussed at length during the third international conference on ‘Plants and Environmental Pollution’ being jointly organised by the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow (NBRI), and International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB). The five-day conference would take place at NBRI and will be inaugurated by Governor T V Rajeswar.

Informing this, director NBRI P Pushpangadan emphasised the role of plants in checking air, water and even sound pollution. ‘‘Plants can be used as monitors for various types of pollution. They indicate level of toxic chemicals present in the environment,’’ said Pushpangadan. Expressing concern over the rise in sound pollution he said, ‘‘Trees of Ashoka species can help in controlling the sound pollution considerably, while Neem is considered best to counter the air-pollution menace,’’ added Pushpangadan.

Secretary, ISEB, K J Ahmad also present on the occasion said, ‘‘Climate change is the grave issue arising from different types of pollution. Renowned scientists from Asia and various parts of the globe would be presenting their views on this.’’ He emphasised the role of environmental education to check environmental pollution which has now become a worldwide problem. This problem can only be curtailed when people of all domains work together, added Khan.

Area co-ordinator of bio-mass and environmental science (NBRI) H M Behl informed, ‘‘One of the key issues to be addressed during this conference would be the share of developing and developed countries in various types of pollution.’’

Source: Express News Service

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