Plants and their impact on combatting air pollution and the planet’s health. Data quantifying the annual oxygen emissions into the air and the absorption of carbon dioxide, smog. and PM10 particles beginning with the species grown in our nursery has been the goal of the research conducted for MATI 1909. As part of the MATI 4 Life project for a sustainable future, the CeSAF Agronomic Technical Office of Pistoia was led by Dr. Federico di Cara’s team, starting with the analyses carried out by Prof. Francesco Nicese of the Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Forestry Sciences and Technologies of the University of Florence (in Italian). The research was published in Gardenia magazine.
Aware of vegetation’s central role in the life of the planet, we wanted the actual contribution of our plant production to improving air quality in the area where we are based by the plants we grow to be calculated. For example, to understand the magnitude, nurseries would take third place in the CO2 sequestration competition. Only wooded areas could come in first place, whereas other anthropized green areas (e.g., extensive agricultural areas or olive groves) pale in comparison.
The surveys also looked at data on the environmental impact, with the calculation of the average annual CO2 emissions the MATI nursery’s activities produced per square meter, compared with those of other local-area industrial companies (textiles and paper). In fact, the lowest impact recorded was in the ornamental plants sector.
Below is the article published in “Gardenia” magazine (Cairo Editore):