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Air pollution isn't just harming you, it affects plants too

Turns out, pollution in cities not only has a detrimental impact on humans but also affects plants and insects, according to a study.  Conducted by the University of Sheffield, which has been published in the journal Nature Communications.  The findings reveal that plants exposed to high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) - similar to levels recorded in major urban centers - are able to better defend themselves against herbivorous insects. Led by Dr Stuart Campbell, the research has discovered that plants exposed to increased levels of pollution produce more defensive chemicals in their leaves.  Read more...



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