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Nature Notebook

Late summer allergy season is in full bloom (pun intended). Plant allergies are caused when the body overreacts to the presence of pollen in the nasal cavity. So how does the pollen get in the nose? You inhale it, of course. So how does the pollen get in the air? Plants release it. However, not all plants release their pollen into the air, only the wind-pollinated plants spread their pollen far and wide.

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