Anthurium 

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A women innovator from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has developed ten varieties of Anthurium, a flower with high market value, by cross-pollination. 

  • Anthurium (Anthurium spp.) is a vast group of beautiful blooming plants available in a wide range of colors. 
  • National Innovation Foundation-India has facilitated mass multiplication and large scale production of four highly demanded varieties through tissue culture technique at the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore, for the diffusion of the varieties in similar agroclimatic zones of the country. 
  • They are beautiful but also purify the surrounding air and remove harmful airborne chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene, xylene, and allergens.  
  • Its importance of removing toxic substances from the air, NASA has placed it in the list of air purifier plants. 
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