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Spatial and Temporal Variations in Airborne Ambrosia Pollen in Europe

Šikoparija, B. and Skjøth, C. and Celenk, S. and Testoni, C. and Abramidze, T. and Alm Kübler, K. and Belmonte, J. and Berger, U. and Bonini, M. and Charalampopoulos, A. and Damialis, A. and Clot, B. and Dahl, Å. and de Weger, L.A. and Gehrig, R. and Hendrickx, M. and Hoebeke, L. and Ianovici, N. and Kofol Seliger, A. and Magyar, D. and Mányoki, G. and Milkovska, S. and Myszkowska, D. and Páldy, A. and Pashley, C.H. and Rasmussen, K. and Ritenberga, O. and Rodinkova, V. and Rybníček, O. and Shalaboda, V. and Šaulienė, I. and Ščevková, J. and Stjepanović, B. and Thibaudon, M. and Verstraeten, C. and Vokou, D. and Yankova, R. and Smith, Matt (2017) Spatial and Temporal Variations in Airborne Ambrosia Pollen in Europe. Aerobiologia, 33 (2). pp. 181-189. ISSN 0393-5965 Online: 1573-3025

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Abstract

Aim: The European Commission Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action FA1203 “SMARTER” aims to make recommendations for the sustainable management of Ambrosia across Europe and for monitoring its efficiency and cost effectiveness. The goal of the present study is to provide a baseline for spatial and temporal variations in airborne Ambrosia pollen in Europe that can be used for the management and evaluation of this noxious plant . Location: The full range of Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. distribution over Europe (39oN-60oN; 2oW-45oE). Methods: Airborne Ambrosia pollen data for the principal flowering period of Ambrosia (August-September) recorded during a 10-year period (2004-2013) were obtained from 242 monitoring sites. The mean sum of daily average airborne Ambrosia pollen and the number of days that Ambrosia pollen was recorded in the air were analysed. The mean and Standard Deviation (SD) were calculated regardless of the number of years included in the study period, while trends are based on those time series with 8 or more years of data. Trends were considered significant at p < 0.05. Results: There were few significant trends in the magnitude and frequency of atmospheric Ambrosia pollen (only 8% for the mean sum of daily average Ambrosia pollen concentrations and 14% for the mean number of days Ambrosia pollen was recorded in the air). Main conclusions: The direction of any trends varied locally and reflect changes in sources of the pollen, either in size or in distance from the monitoring station. Pollen monitoring is important for providing an early warning of the expansion of this invasive and noxious plant.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: aerobiology, ragweed, invasive alien species, allergen, exposure, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, NPARU
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Copyright Info: Open Access article
Depositing User: Carsten Skjoth
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 13:55
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4995

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