The Science Behind Plant Air Purification and the Carbon Eating Microbes Plant Air Purifiers Contain

What is the essential feature to plant air purification? Carbon eating microbes–which reside within its filter bed. It is the missing link to improving indoor air quality.

Around the root system of certain plants, which come from the tropical rain forest, are carbon eating microbes, which break down anything which lives, had lived or had been produced from something that lived, all of which contain carbon. Carbon is the fourth most abundant chemical element in the universe by mass and is known to form almost ten million different compounds, the large majority of all chemical compounds, according to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In fact ALL Volatile Organic Compounds have carbon in them.

When impure air, or air with pollutants in it, comes in contact with these carbon eating microbes, they immediately set to work breaking down or digesting the majority of what they come in contact with, including All VOCs, or chemical compounds with carbon, including even carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. That is why plant air purifiers are so effective, because they contain carbon eating microbes, small living organisms, or decomposers, which break down a large majority of chemical compounds and gases they meet, which to them are merely food.

Single-celled microorganisms were the first forms of life to develop on Earth, approximately 3-4 billion years ago and for about 3 billion years alll organisms were microscopic. So, for most of the history of life on Earth the only forms of life were microorganisms. Amongst these organisms are carbon eating microbes which can clean impure air and it is senseless not to make use of them since they have well perfected their abilities.

Most microorganisms can reproduce rapidly and microbes such as bacteria can also freely exchange genes between widely-divergent species. This horizontal gene transfer, coupled with a high mutation rate and many other means of genetic variation, allows microorganisms to swiftly evolve (via natural selection) to survive in new environments and respond to environmental stress. That is why they quickly adapt to the particular air pollutants in indoor air and are able to most effectively break them down, becoming even more effective as time goes on. This is in direct contrast to manmade things which become less effective over time.

One might well wonder why all air purifiers don’t make use of them, but the fact is they have a symbiotic relationship with the plants they live with and cannot survive without them. Hence you must have a plant air purifier to make use of these air cleaning and exquisite organisms. Plant air purification marks the wave of the future in indoor air purification and explains why it has been the dominate form of air purification since almost the beginnings of time.

We have said that PhytoFilter Technologies has an all but complete lock on this technology and the reason for this, is because we realized early on that these air pollutant eating microbes only exist in a moist environment where they need water to live and travel,. With this awareness, PhytoFilter Technologies focused a good part of its efforts on perfecting a method of moisturizing the filter bed in which they exist, keeping it evenly saturated so as to enhance these microbes’ air cleaning ability. It is this patent pending technology which provides the firm with such an edge.