COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Text Box: Welcome to Air 
Phytoremediation Website
“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” ®
- American Lung Association (ALA) http://www.texaslung.org/ 
Text Box: Introduction 
Text Box: What Is Air Pollution? 
Text Box: What Are The Major Toxic Air Pollutants,  Sources, Their Health 
and Environmental Impacts? 
Text Box: Some Additional Sources 
and Impacts of Indoor Air Pollution 
Text Box: What Are Possible Solutions for 
Air Pollution? 
Text Box: Why Air Pollution Phytoremediation? 
Text Box: History 
Text Box: Effects of Phytoremediation on 
Air Pollution 
Text Box: Plant Species Suggested for 
Air Pollution 
Text Box: Determining How Many Indoor 
Plants We Need 
Text Box: Mechanism of How Plants Purify 
The Air 
Text Box: Negative Effects of Indoor Plant? 
Text Box: Future Works of Air Phytoremediation 
Text Box: References
Text Box: Home

Introduction

 

             You can go without food for about 1 week, stop drinking for 1 day. You, however, may not be able to endure breathing just for 1 minute! Everyday, a normal person need to ‘consume’ about 15.5 kg of air. Wow, that is a big amount, isn’t it!

             Air is so important, nevertheless, air pollution is ubiquitous in the world, causing a lot of environmental problems today . The application of phytoremediation in this aspect is very modest but more and more increased and very promising. In fact, there is a number of plant species already being exploited as detectors (for phytomonitoring) and as scavengers (for phytoremediation) of air pollutants. It is feasible to modify plants for a wider range of phytomonitoring and phytoremediation applications with advanced supports in biotechnology (Omasa et al, 2002).

             The intent of this web page, therefore, is to explore and to provide a brief overview introduction to the air pollution phytoremediation technology world wide, especially for indoor air pollution application.

Khoa Van Phung, Ph.D. Student  of  the College of Natural Resources, FRWS Department