Can ornamental potted plants remove volatile organic compounds from indoor air? — a review

  title={Can ornamental potted plants remove volatile organic compounds from indoor air? — a review},
  author={Majbrit Dela Cruz and Jan H. Christensen and Jane Dyrhauge Thomsen and Renate M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Environmental Science and Pollution Research},
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in indoor air, and many of these can affect human health (e.g. formaldehyde and benzene are carcinogenic). Plants affect the levels of VOCs in indoor environments, thus they represent a potential green solution for improving indoor air quality that at the same time can improve human health. This article reviews scientific studies of plants’ ability to remove VOCs from indoor air. The focus of the review is on pathways of VOC removal by the plants and… 

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