Cleaning pollutants from water with pollen and spores — without the ‘achoo!’

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society.

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 be used to grab onto pollutants and remove them from water, scientists report. Even better, these treated particles don’t trigger allergies.

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