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Toyota devises new Cherry Sage species to purify, cool air.

NAGOYA, Oct. 6 Kyodo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it has developed a new species of the Cherry Sage shrub family that effectively absorbs harmful substances in the air.

The new species, called Kirsch Pink, will be sold for 380 yen per pot through Toyota Roof Garden Co., a Toyota Motor subsidiary, from March next year. Sales are targeted at 10,000 pots for the year.

While Cherry Sage plants are known to absorb nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and other harmful substances in the air, the new species does so 1.3 times more effectively, the automaker said.

Kirsch Pink, which bears pink flowers between May and November, also eases the urban heat-island effect by 1.3 times, it said.

Toyota Motor is promoting plants to purify air as part of its biotechnology business.
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Publication:Japan Transportation Scan
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Date:Oct 11, 2005
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