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Can Green Plants Mitigate Ammonia Concentration in Piglet Barns?

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Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB), Max-Eyth-Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
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Department of Urban Plant Ecology, Humboldt University Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
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Academic Editors: Marco Ravina, Deborah Panepinto, Laura Valli and Luca D’Angelo
Atmosphere 2021, 12(9), 1150; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12091150
Received: 3 August 2021 / Revised: 30 August 2021 / Accepted: 1 September 2021 / Published: 7 September 2021
For animal welfare and for farmers’ health, the concentration of ammonia (NH3) in animal houses should be as low as possible. Plants can remove various atmospheric contaminants through the leaf stomata. This study examined the effect of ornamental plants installed inside a piglet barn on the NH3 concentration in the air. Gas measurements of the air in the ‘greened’ compartment (P) and a control compartment (CTR) took place over two measuring periods (summer–autumn and winter). Differences between the NH3 emissions were calculated based on the ventilation rates according to the CO2 balance. Fairly low mean NH3 concentrations between 2 and 4 ppm were measured. The NH3 emissions were about 20% lower (p < 0.01) in P than in CTR, in summer–autumn and in winter period. View Full-Text
Keywords: piglet; forced ventilated barn; ammonia emissions; plant absorption; mitigation solutions piglet; forced ventilated barn; ammonia emissions; plant absorption; mitigation solutions
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Menardo, S.; Berg, W.; Grüneberg, H.; Jakob, M. Can Green Plants Mitigate Ammonia Concentration in Piglet Barns? Atmosphere 2021, 12, 1150. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12091150

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Menardo S, Berg W, Grüneberg H, Jakob M. Can Green Plants Mitigate Ammonia Concentration in Piglet Barns? Atmosphere. 2021; 12(9):1150. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12091150

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Menardo, Simona, Werner Berg, Heiner Grüneberg, and Martina Jakob. 2021. "Can Green Plants Mitigate Ammonia Concentration in Piglet Barns?" Atmosphere 12, no. 9: 1150. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12091150

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