Monday, September 12, 2005

Study Reveals Plants Can Make Students’ Minds Bloom

RIVERWOODS, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – As students are settling in for a new academic year, a new study from the Royal Agricultural College in England reveals that lecture halls without plants can turn students into vegetables.

The study shows that student inattentiveness was reduced by 70 percent when the classrooms were filled with plants, and that absenteeism after a lecture intermission was cut by about 11 percent when students were taught in flora-filled halls.

The study was funded by the Illinois-based Initial Tropical Plants and company president Jeff Mariola says the results corroborate similar studies showing plants in the workplace increase productivity and decrease absenteeism.

Mariola says the investment for plants would be low for colleges, but adds that “in budget problems, they’re the first to go.”

In addition, the research says any type of flowering or green plant will help students and Mariola figures there should be between eight to 10 plants for every 10 to 12 people.

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