Houseplants Modified To Reduce Air Pollutions


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By: Valery Cordon, Journalist

Neo-P1 has been genetically modified to produce metabolic pathways capable of detoxifying air pollutants. It works, for example, by converting chemicals to sugars and nitrogen oxides (noxious substances) into an ATP molecule, which the plant can then use to produce proteins. One of the properties of The Neo P1 is that they do not contain any electricity and thus do not pollute. This invention may be capable of removing substances that evaporate at room temperature. For example, kerosene is a flammable liquid that is used as fuel in light, heat, and power.

There, they spread quickly, and Neo-P1 was designed to absorb small particles. Formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene are the most commonly targeted substances by Neo-P1. Knowing this, Neo-P1 effectively replaces 30 air purifiers. This plant costs around $179, when purchasing this plant,  it comes with a water tank, making the plant more difficult to destroy than most. The Neo-P1 just needs watering once a month in the winter and every two weeks in the summer.

Neo P1 is a new genetically engineered plant meant to purify indoor air.

Picture from “Neoplants

How would the customers know if it works? 

It is hard for a person to know if it works. A person needs skilled chemistries to know that this plant works. Nonetheless, the company says it has conducted an extremely thorough examination, which is available in the white paper, and is focused on developing tools that allow customers to take these steps. For example, create a sensor to tell if plants make a difference in the air. Along with creating Neo P1, the collaborators of this project will be investing $20 for each Neo Plant they sell. The investment will go towards research and development to fight climate change. By purchasing The Neo P1 Plant, you can also be part of this investment and heal our environment. 


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