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Title: Plants in Air Phytoremediation
Authors: Gawronski, Stanislaw W.
Gawronska, Helena
Lomnicki, Slawo
Saebo, Arne
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Advances in Botanical Research, 83, p. 319-346
Abstract: Air pollution has become a global problem and affects nearly all of us. Most of the pollution is of anthropogenic origin and therefore we are obliged to improve this situation. In solving this problem basically our only partners are plants with their enormous biologically active surface area. Plants themselves are also victims of air pollution but because they are sedentary they developed very efficient defence mechanisms, which can also be exploited to improve the humanosphere. For their life processes plants require intensive gas exchange, during which air contaminants are accumulated on leaf surfaces or absorbed into the tissues. Some of the pollutants are included by plants in their own metabolism while others are sequestered. In some plant species, the processes of removing pollutants from the air is conducted in a very efficient way and therefore they are used in the environmental friendly biotechnology called phytoremediation. For urban areas, outdoor phytoremediation is recommended while indoor phytoremediation can be applied in our homes and workplaces. Because in near future purifying outdoor air to protect human health and well-being does not look the most promising, an important and increasing role will be played by indoor phytoremediation.
Notes: [Gawronski, Stanislaw W.; Gawronska, Helena] Warsaw Univ Life Sci, Warsaw, Poland. [Lomnicki, Slawo] Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA. [Saebo, Arne] Norwegian Inst Bioecon Res NIBIO, As, Norway. [Vangronsveld, Jaco] Hasselt Univ, Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/25728
DOI: 10.1016/bs.abr.2016.12.008
ISI #: 000414255500009
ISBN: 978-0-12-802889-6; 978-0-12-802853-7
ISSN: 0065-2296
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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