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College bans indoor plants to reduce mold risk

June 30, 2009
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ROANOKE, VA — The Jefferson College of Health Sciences recently banned plants from the Reid Center to reduce the risk of mold, according to WJZ-TV.
The 10-story building, which houses dormitories, classrooms, laboratories and offices, was built in 1950 and has had mold problems in the past, the story stated.
Stephanie Huckestein of Virginia Tech''s Department of Horticulture says that plants given too much water can produce mold.
The move to ban plants from the building came after recommendations from an indoor air quality inspector, the story noted.
The independent inspector noted that indoor plants can increase the potential for mold and mildew as they contribute moisture into the indoor environment, the story added.
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