ANTHURIUM: 10 Varieties of the high market value, AIR PURIFYING flower developed
A woman innovator from Kerala, Vasini Bai has developed 10 varieties of Anthurium flower. The flower has high market value for its major usage as an indoor decorative. As the innovator was unable to meet high demand of highly time-consuming technique, the National Innovation Foundation has stepped in.
The National Innovation foundation has facilitated mass multiplication and large- scale production of four of the high demand varieties. This is to be done at the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore. The institute is to adopt cross tissue culture technique to develop the flowers.
The Anthurium flowers have gained their significance lately for their purification qualities. They purify the surrounding air. Also, they remove harmful airborne chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene, allergens and xylene.
NASA has placed the plant under the list of air purifier plant.
National Innovation Foundation
The National Innovation Foundation operates under Department of Science and Technology. It was set up in February 2000 to provide support to the grass roots innovations in the country. The most popular IGNITE annual competition is organized by National Innovation Foundation.