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COVID-19 and the plant health: an unexpected blessing

Jyoti Ranjan Rout

Abstract


The viral pandemic caused by the COVID-19 due to its spread across the globe has been the greatest worry for mankind. It has shattered our day-to-day life activities through the imposition of lock- or shutdown and consequently affected the physical, mental, psychological, and socio-economic status of the human beings. On the contrary, it has also acted as a brake on environmental degradation activity by reducing all pollution load levels on the environment. The reduction of harmful pollutants either from air or water is a good indication for plants' growth and development. The present paper highlights such possible outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic issue on the environment focussing health perspective of plant kingdom particular.

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Air pollution; COVID-19; Improved environment; Plant health; Water pollution

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/aps.2021.10.1.3



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