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Sampling Pollens

Mullins, John and Emberlin, Jean (1997) Sampling Pollens. Journal of Aerosol Science, 28 (3). pp. 365-370. ISSN 0021-8502

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Although early microscopists established the presence of pollens in the air in the 18th century, airborne pollens were not sampled until the end of the 19th century. For many years, the sedimentation slide was the commonest method of assessing airborne pollen concentrations but later, samplers originally developed for sampling airborne bacteria and fungal spores were utilised. In particular, the Hirst automatic volumetric spore trap, which was based on a cascade impactor but additionally allowed collection of the sample onto a moving slide, became the commonest method of pollen sampling. This allowed much more accurate assessments of pollen concentration than had previously been possible and more detailed studies of diurnal and seasonal periodicities. This article evaluates different pollen sampling methods and recently developed techniques for collecting pollen antigens for immunoassay and DNA amplification.

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Originally deposited as National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU)

Uncontrolled Keywords: pollen, pollen sampling methods, airborne pollen, fungal spores, airborne bacteria, NPARU
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2007 08:37
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 14:06

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