Navigation Links
Common plants can eliminate indoor air pollutants
Date:11/4/2009

ATHENS, GAAir quality in homes, offices, and other indoor spaces is becoming a major health concern, particularly in developed countries where people often spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Surprisingly, indoor air has been reported to be as much as 12 times more polluted than outdoor air in some areas. Indoor air pollutants emanate from paints, varnishes, adhesives, furnishings, clothing, solvents, building materials, and even tap water. A long list of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs [including benzene, xylene, hexane, heptane, octane, decane, trichloroethylene (TCE), and methylene chloride], have been shown to cause illnesses in people who are exposed to the compounds in indoor spaces. Acute illnesses like asthma and nausea and chronic diseases including cancer, neurologic, reproductive, developmental, and respiratory disorders are all linked to exposure to VOCs. Harmful indoor pollutants represent a serious health problem that is responsible for more than 1.6 million deaths each year, according to a 2002 World Health Organization report.

Stanley J. Kays, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia, was the lead researcher of a study published in HortScience that tested ornamental indoor plants for their ability to remove harmful VOCs from indoor air. According to Kays, some indoor plants have the ability to effectively remove harmful VOCs from the air, and not only have the ability to improve our physical health, but also have been shown to enhance our psychological health. Adding these plants to indoor spaces can reduce stress, increase task performance, and reduce symptoms of ill health.

The ability of plants to remove VOCs is called "phytoremediation". To better understand the phytoremediation capacity of ornamental plants, the research team tested 28 common indoor ornamentals for their ability to remove five volatile indoor pollutants. "The VOCs tested in this study can adversely affect indoor air quality and have a potential to seriously compromise the health of exposed individuals," Kays explained. "Benzene and toluene are known to originate from petroleum-based indoor coatings, cleaning solutions, plastics, environmental tobacco smoke, and exterior exhaust fumes emanating into the building; octane from paint, adhesives, and building materials; TCE from tap water, cleaning agents, insecticides, and plastic products; and alpha-pinene from synthetic paints and odorants."

During the research study, plants were grown in a shade house for eight weeks followed be acclimatization for twelve weeks under indoor conditions before being placed in gas-tight glass jars. The plants were exposed to benzene, TCE, toluene, octane, and alpha-pinene, and air samples were analyzed. The plants were then classified as superior, intermediate, and poor, according to their ability to remove VOCs.

Of the 28 species tested, Hemigraphis alternata (purple waffle plant), Hedera helix (English ivy), Hoya carnosa (variegated wax plant), and Asparagus densiflorus (Asparagus fern) had the highest removal rates for all of the VOCs introduced. Tradescantia pallida (Purple heart plant) was rated superior for its ability to remove four of the VOCs.

The study concluded that simply introducing common ornamental plants into indoor spaces has the potential to significantly improve the quality of indoor air. In addition to the obvious health benefits for consumers, the increased use of indoor plants in both ''green'' and traditional buildings could have a tremendous positive impact on the ornamental plant industry by increasing customer demand and sales.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael W. Neff
mwneff@ashs.org
703-836-4606
American Society for Horticultural Science
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. UK junior doctors gaining less experience of common procedures
2. New insights into common knee injuries
3. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
4. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming, HealthSaver Says: Take Pains For Back Strains, 2nd Most Common Doctor Complaint
5. Exelixis Commences Public Offering of Common Stock
6. Common misdiagnosis: most women believe they have a yeast infection when they dont
7. Business Executives Discuss National Health Care Reform at Conference Sponsored by The Century Foundation, with Support from The Commonwealth Fund, and AARP
8. New Expert Report Dispels Common Myths About Aspartame
9. Common Foot Myths Trip Us Up
10. AHPC Holdings, Inc. Announces Intent to Deregister Common Stock With Securities and Exchange
11. Allergy-Induced Asthma More Common in Affluent Countries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Common plants can eliminate indoor air pollutants
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... co-occur frequently. While a significant number of women and men with eating disorders ... trauma itself, that best predicts the development of an eating disorder. , ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s longest running and impressive garden and home show where ... see the most incredible gardens and home improvement experts that attend this amazing show. ... - 700 14th St. Denver CO, is an exciting event that Performance Mobility has ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... excited to share this important news! AHCC and the Home Health and Hospice ... Clinic, CMS' designee for official ICD coding guidance and clarifications, to address concerns ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... speaking on how healthcare companies can use newly released government data on populations ... a population and intervene and capture the value they create to succeed in ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... autism conference held annually in this country. The AutismOne 2016 Conference, which is being ... the truth they often won’t hear elsewhere about helpful interventions and causes of chronic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... 8, 2016  Labvantage Lx, a newcomer to ... male sexual enhancement product, EnduramenT. Setting a new ... with a patented biomedical breakthrough molecule that promotes ... compound responsible for many biological functions including erectile ... Forgoing the use of prescription medications, scientists ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016  Echo Therapeutics, ... device company focused on non-invasive continuous glucose ... today announced that it will host a ... 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time ... its corporate strategy, advancements in its CGM ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016 In a historic vote among its members this weekend, ... medical cannabis cultivation facility and dispensary on tribal land near ... as a provider for patients in the state,s Medical Cannabis Program. ... a provider for patients in the state,s Medical Cannabis Program. ... the project and pursue designation from the State of New ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: