Friday, December 02, 2011

Beware, House Plants Remove Hazardous Substances


Beware, House Plants Remove Hazardous Substances. Quite a few people who have a hobby of growing plants in pots on the porch. There are fond of doing it because it likes to various types of flowers. There also are doing it as a commercial enterprise. Generally, for anyone who will get the job melakoni other advantages, namely health is maintained. But be careful, some plants can actually secrete substances volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the form of gases and vapors are bad for health. Is a researcher from the University of Georgia, United States, which found plants that emit harmful gases and vapors into the environment. Among the plants are four types of house plants are generally planted in the room or in the yard of the house, such as Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii Regel),-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata Prain), Yellow Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens Wendl) and White Banyan (Ficus Benjamina L.). To examine prove it, the four plants studied by the scientists put it in a tube. The tubes have air ducts are connected with charcoal filters to supply pure air. The air that comes out will be distributed to the channels that are equipped with gauges, to measure the content of harmful substances are produced. The result is that researchers have a number of VOCs out of the plant. A total of 23 substances VOCs from Lilacs, 16 of Palm Yellow, White and 13 of the Banyan 12 of tongue-in-law. Some VOCs are pesticides found an element that is used when the plants are bred. This indicates pesticides can reduce the positive impact owned plants. Besides soil micro-organisms also play a role producing VOCs. "Although soil organisms are known to eliminate air pollutants, it turns out he also produces substances VOCs into the air," said Stanley J. Kays, a University of Georgia. Beware of plastic pots also because, according to the study of this object can also generate VOC substances. Yet researchers have not been able to determine the impact of these substances in humans, although some hazardous substances found were judged sufficiently biologically active. (DIO)

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