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Sansevieria
SANSEVIERA AS A BIO-INDICATOR
Badillo, Carlo Melchor1 Bautista, Jose Gabriel1 Cruz, Leila Micahella1 Tadeo, Vanessa1 Yap, Charlene1
1University of the Philippines Baguio, Gov. Pack Road Baguio City

RATIONALE Baguio City is known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines because of its nice weather but, there are no guarantee that a clean and unpolluted air is being inhaled. (Locsin, 2014) It has become a polluted city that generates a high volume of PM10 particles. (Dumlao, 2003) Because of the air, many people suffer from chronic bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory and cardiovascular related diseases. Baguio City accounts for the seven percent of deaths of Filipinos due to exposure from poor air quality. (Defensor, 2007) Air pollution can also greatly affect a plant. Plants that are exposed to this kind of environment tend to grow at a slower rate and become more vulnerable to diseases. (Comtois, 2012) But unlike other plants, Sansevieria plant is known as an air purifier succulent. It acts an air filter because it has the ability to absorb many air pollutants. (Ariskan, 2010) It is very important in improving air quality because it converts the carbon dioxide into oxygen during nighttime. (Pinola, 2013)
OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study is to know the contributions of Sanseviera to the atmosphere and its great impact on the Earth’s atmosphere.
PROBLEM
Since Baguio City is already the most air polluted city in the Philippines, what is the condition of Sanseviera in this type of environment? (Locsin, 2014) Does air pollution contribute to the health of a plant? What makes Sanseviera different from other plants? Sanseviera can tolerate low humidity, low water and feeding. This plant is also known as bio-indicator of the levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the atmosphere. (Bacunot, 2012) This study could last for an estimated time frame of 2-3 months to determine the features of the said plant.
METHODOLOGY
The materials that



References: Bacunot, Lowie S. 2012. Anatomical Study of Sansevieria Zeylanica Leaf Affected by Vehicular Emissions. Retrieved from http://www.scribd.com/doc/106640267/Anatomical-Study-of-Sansevieria-Zeylanica-Leaf-Affected-by-Vehicular-Emissions August 21, 2014 Locsin, Joel. 2014. Baguio Air Is Among The Dirtiest in The Country. GMA News. Retrieved from http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/360705/scitech/science/baguio-air-is-among-the-dirtiest-in-the-country August 21, 2014 Grant, Bruce W., Vatnick, Itzick (2004) Environmental Correlates of Leaf Stomata Denisty. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology Vol. 1, Retrieved from http://www.esa.org/tiee/vol/v1/experiments/stomata/pdf/stomata.pdf http://sun.menloschool.org/~dspence/biology/plants/stomata_lab_08.htm August 21, 2014

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