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Olyssa Starry

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry and University Honors






Air -- Pollution -- Research -- Methodology, Air quality -- Research, Urban plants -- Research, Phytoremediation




This is a literature review on previous research conducted on particulate matter deposited on urban vegetation. This was accomplished by searching six databases, that uncovered 37 peer-reviewed journal articles. The main objective of this review is to present the methodology and findings of the articles analyzed to demonstrate how research in this area of study is being conducted. The findings show that there are variations in the literature and that many variables are not being incorporated into the methods and analyses of particulate matter found on urban vegetation. Understanding how different studies have analyzed particulate matter found on urban vegetation will be essential in determining if a standard method should be implemented to produce more consistent data and results. This will be vital in determining which plants and trees can reduce the most harmful pollutants in urban areas and as a result improve air quality.


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