Removal of Benzene by the Indoor Plant/Substrate Microcosm and Implications for Air Quality

  title={Removal of Benzene by the Indoor Plant/Substrate Microcosm and Implications for Air Quality},
  author={R. L. Orwell and Ronald L. Wood and Jane Tarran and Fraser R. Torpy and Margaret D. Burchett},
  journal={Water, Air, and Soil Pollution},
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