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    Influence of meteorological factors on the level and characteristics of culturable bacteria in the air in Gliwice, Upper Silesia (Poland).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2018 1;34(2):241-255. Epub 2018 Mar 1.
    Department of Air Protection, Silesian University of Technology, 22B Konarskiego St., 44-100 Gliwice, Poland.
    Numerous studies have focused on occupational and indoor environments because people spend more than 90% of their time in them. Nevertheless, air is the main source of bacteria in indoors, and outdoor exposure is also crucial. Worldwide studies have indicated that bacterial concentrations vary among different types of outdoor environments, with considerable seasonal variations as well. Read More

    Comparative analysis of airborne bacteria and fungi in two salt mines in Poland.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2018 17;34(2):127-138. Epub 2017 Nov 17.
    2Division of Phytopathology and Mycology, Department of Plant Protection, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Grunwaldzki Sq. 24a, 50-363 Wrocław, Poland.
    The aim of this work was to determine the genera or species composition and the number of colony forming units of airborne bacteria and fungi, respectively, in two salt mines in Poland "Wieliczka" (Lesser Poland) and "Polkowice-Sieroszowice" (Lower Silesia). Both of them are working environments characterized by extreme conditions, and additionally "Wieliczka," officially placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites' list, plays a role of tourist attraction. There are also some curative chambers located in this mine. Read More

    Airborne fungi as indicators of ecosystem disturbance: an example from selected Tatra Mountains caves (Poland).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2018 27;34(1):111-118. Epub 2017 Sep 27.
    Tatra National Park, Kuźnice 1, 34-500 Zakopane, Poland.
    We report on the determination of the spore concentration and the species composition of the airborne fungi in selected caves of the Tatra Mountains, Poland. The following caves were surveyed: Mylna, Obłazkowa, Mroźna, Zimna and Naciekowa. The sampling was carried out in July 2015 and in January 2016. Read More

    A comparative study of hourly and daily relationships between selected meteorological parameters and airborne fungal spore composition.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2018 19;34(1):45-54. Epub 2017 Jul 19.
    2Faculty of Geosciences, University of Szczecin, Mickiewicza 18, 70-383 Szczecin, Poland.
    Air sampling was conducted in Szczecin (Poland) throughout April-September 2013. The final data set included 177 daily and 4248 hourly samples. The total of 21 types of spores, which occurred in a number >10 in the season, were taken into account. Read More

    Phenotypic and genotypic diversity of airborne fungal spores in Demänovská Ice Cave (Low Tatras, Slovakia).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2018 3;34(1):13-28. Epub 2017 Jul 3.
    4Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Tr. Hlinku 2, 949-76 Nitra, Slovakia.
    This paper is the first aero-mycological report from Demänovská Ice Cave. Fungal spores were sampled from the internal and external air of the cave in June, 2014, using the impact method with a microbiological air sampler. Airborne fungi cultured on PDA medium were identified using a combination of classical phenotypic and molecular methods. Read More

    Allergenic Asteraceae in air particulate matter: quantitative DNA analysis of mugwort and ragweed.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 6;33(4):493-506. Epub 2017 Jun 6.
    Biogeochemistry and Multiphase Chemistry Departments, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Hahn-Meitner-Weg 1, 55128 Mainz, Germany.
    Mugwort () and ragweed () are highly allergenic Asteraceae. They often cause pollen allergies in late summer and fall. While mugwort is native to Europe, ragweed reached Europe as a neophyte from North America about 150 years ago and continued spreading ever since. Read More

    Inhalable dust, endotoxins and (1-3)-β-d-glucans as indicators of exposure in waste sorting plant environment.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 26;33(4):481-491. Epub 2017 May 26.
    Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, 8 Teresy Str, 91-348 Lodz, Poland.
    The aim of the study was to assess the levels of inhalable dust, endotoxins and (1-3)-β-d-glucans as agents harmful to the respiratory tract of workers of municipal waste sorting plants and interaction between these agents based on the measurements taken in two plants with different processing capacities. The study was conducted in summer season in two waste sorting plants (WSPs) differing in processing capacity. Samples of bioaerosol for inhalable dust (gravimetric method), endotoxins (LAL test in kinetic, chromogenic version) and (1-3)-β-d-glucans (Glucatell test in kinetic version) were collected from 42 sorting workers using individual aspirators with glass fiber filters during the work shift. Read More

    The relationship between birch pollen, air pollution and weather types and their effect on antihistamine purchase in two Swedish cities.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 6;33(4):457-471. Epub 2017 Apr 6.
    Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, P.O. Box 461, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Exposure to elevated air pollution levels can aggravate pollen allergy symptoms. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between airborne birch () pollen, urban air pollutants NO, O and PM and their effects on antihistamine demand in Gothenburg and Malmö, Sweden, 2006-2012. Further, the influence of large-scale weather pattern on pollen-/pollution-related risk, using Lamb weather types (LWTs), was analysed. Read More

    Phenotypic and molecular assessment of antimicrobial resistance profile of airborne spp. isolated from flats in Kraków.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 10;33(3):435-444. Epub 2017 Apr 10.
    Centre for Microbiological Research and Autovaccines, Sławkowska 17, 31-016 Kraków, Poland.
    Bacteria of the genus were isolated from air sampled from living spaces in Kraków (Poland). In total, 55 strains belonging to the genus were isolated from 45 sites, and 13 species of coagulase-negative staphylococci were identified. The species composition of studied airborne microbiota contains species that are rarely infectious to humans. Read More

    Source regions of ragweed pollen arriving in south-western Poland and the influence of meteorological data on the HYSPLIT model results.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 20;33(3):315-326. Epub 2017 Jan 20.
    Department of Climatology and Atmosphere Protection, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland.
    We have investigated the relationship between the inflow of air masses and the ragweed pollen concentration in SW Poland (Wrocław) for a 10-year period of 2005-2014. The HYSPLIT trajectory model was used to verify whether episodes of high concentrations can be related to regions outside of the main known ragweed centres in Europe, like Pannonian Plain, northern Italy and Ukraine. Furthermore, we used two different meteorological data sets (the global GDAS data set and from the WRF mesoscale model; the meteorological parameters were: U and V wind components, temperature and relative humidity) into HYSPLIT to evaluate the influence of meteorological input on calculated trajectories for high concentration ragweed episodes. Read More

    Spatial and temporal variations in airborne pollen in Europe.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 17;33(2):181-189. Epub 2016 Nov 17.
    Institute of Science and the Environment, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ UK.
    The European Commission Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action FA1203 "SMARTER" aims to make recommendations for the sustainable management of 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 pollen in Europe that can be used for the management and evaluation of this noxious plant. The study covers the full range of L. Read More

    On impact of transport conditions on variability of the seasonal pollen index.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 24;33(1):167-179. Epub 2016 Oct 24.
    Finnish Meteorological Institute, Erik Palmenin Aukio, 1, Helsinki, Finland.
    This discussion paper reveals the contribution of pollen transport conditions to the inter-annual variability of the seasonal pollen index (SPI). This contribution is quantified as a sensitivity of the pollen model predictions to meteorological variability and is shown to be a noticeable addition to the SPI variability caused by plant reproduction cycles. A specially designed SILAM model re-analysis of pollen seasons 1980-2014 was performed, resulting in the 35 years of the SPI predictions over Europe, which was used to compute the SPI inter-annual variability. Read More

    The long-range transport of Pinaceae pollen: an example in Kraków (southern Poland).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 23;33(1):109-125. Epub 2016 Sep 23.
    Faculty of Earth Science, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland.
    High Pinaceae pollen concentrations in the air and on the surface of puddles before the main pollen season started were observed in Kraków (southern Poland) in May 2013. The paper presents the results of detailed studies of the composition and source of the "yellow rain" in 2013, and as a comparison, the Pinaceae pollen concentrations and samples collected from the ground surface in 2014 were considered. The air samples were collected using the volumetric method (Hirst-type device), while pollen grains sampled from the ground surface were processed using a modified Erdtman acetolysis method. Read More

    FTIR analysis of molecular composition changes in hazel pollen from unpolluted and urbanized areas.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2017 18;33(1):1-12. Epub 2016 Jun 18.
    Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, 31342 Kraków, Poland.
    Abstract: In this study, the effect of urbanization and environmental pollution on qualitative (structural) and quantitative changes of the (hazel) pollen was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and curve-fitting analysis of amide I profile. The obtained spectroscopic results show significant variations in the fraction of proteins in the hazel pollen, which probably depend on various degrees of anthropopression. Our results suggest that alterations in the chemical composition of pollen, induced by urbanization and air pollutants, may intensify the allergenic potential and may cause the increase in the incidence of allergies in people. Read More

    Airborne pollen and fungal spores in Garki, Abuja (North-Central Nigeria).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016 20;32(4):697-707. Epub 2016 May 20.
    Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos Nigeria.
    The ambient atmosphere is dominated with pollen and spores, which trigger allergic reactions and diseases and impact negatively on human health. A survey of pollen and fungal spores constituents of the atmosphere of Garki, Abuja (North-Central Nigeria) was carried out for 1 year (June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012). The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and abundance of pollen and fungal spores in the atmosphere and their relationship with meteorological parameters. Read More

    Climate change effects on airborne pathogenic bioaerosol concentrations: a scenario analysis.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016 24;32(4):607-617. Epub 2016 Mar 24.
    Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIb), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), P.O. Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands ; Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands ; Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL USA.
    The most recent IPCC report presented further scientific evidence for global climate change in the twenty-first century. Important secondary effects of climate change include those on water resource availability, agricultural yields, urban healthy living, biodiversity, ecosystems, food security, and public health. The aim of this explorative study was to determine the range of expected airborne pathogen concentrations during a single outbreak or release in a future climate compared to a historical climatic period (1981-2010). Read More

    Cat (Fel d 1) and dog (Can f 1) allergen levels in cars, dwellings and schools.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32(3):571-580. Epub 2016 Mar 11.
    Department of Biohazards and Immunoallergology, Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 13 Kościelna Street, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland.
    Pets are an important source of indoor allergens. The aim of the study was to compare cat and dog allergen levels in cars, schools and homes. The study was carried out in 17 cars, 14 classrooms and 19 dwellings located in the highly industrialized and urbanized region of Poland. Read More

    Forecasting model of , , and pollen concentration levels using spatiotemporal correlation properties of pollen count.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32(3):453-468. Epub 2015 Dec 14.
    Department of Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University, Pomorska 251, 92-215 Łódź, Poland.
    The aim of the study was to create and evaluate models for predicting high levels of daily pollen concentration of , , and using a spatiotemporal correlation of pollen count. For each taxon, a high pollen count level was established according to the first allergy symptoms during exposure. The dataset was divided into a training set and a test set, using a stratified random split. Read More

    Evaluation of an electrostatic particle ionization technology for decreasing airborne pathogens in pigs.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32(3):405-419. Epub 2015 Dec 8.
    Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, 385 ASVM, 1988 Fitch Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108 USA.
    Influenza A virus (IAV), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and are important swine pathogens capable of being transmitted via aerosols. The electrostatic particle ionization system (EPI) consists of a conductive line that emits negative ions that charge particles electrically resulting in the settling of airborne particles onto surfaces and potentially decreasing the risk of pathogen dissemination. The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of the EPI system on the quantity and viability of IAV, PRRSV, PEDV and in experimentally generated aerosols and in aerosols generated by infected animals. Read More

    Flowering phenology and potential pollen emission of three species in relation to airborne pollen data in Poznań (Western Poland).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32:265-276. Epub 2015 Jul 17.
    Department of Plant Taxonomy, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznan, Poland.
    pollen is an important allergen in Europe. In Poznań (Western Poland), three species, , and , are widely distributed. However, the contributions of these species to the total airborne pollen are unknown. Read More

    Warm and dry weather accelerates and elongates spore seasons in Poland.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32:109-126. Epub 2016 Feb 12.
    Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Strzeszynska 34, 60-479 Poznan, Poland.
    Temperature is the environmental factor that systematically changes for decades and, as in plants and animals, can significantly affect the growth and development of fungi, including the abundance of their sporulation. During the time of study (2010-2012), a rapid increase in air temperature was observed in Poland, which coincided with the substantial decrease in rainfall. The increase in annual mean temperatures at three monitoring sites of this study was 0. Read More

    A 10-year study of and in two Polish cities (Szczecin and Cracow) and relationship with the meteorological parameters.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32:83-94. Epub 2015 Nov 14.
    Department of Clinical and Environmental Allergology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Cracow, Poland.
    and spores belong to the most frequent and allergenic particles in bioaerosol in the temperate climate. The investigation of and spore concentrations was performed in two cities in Poland, Szczecin and Cracow, in 2004-2013. The meteorological parameters taken to assess their impact on fungal spores were average, maximum and minimum temperature, relative humidity and average wind velocity. Read More

    Effect of climate change on sporulation of the teleomorphs of species causing stem canker of brassicas.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016;32:39-51. Epub 2015 Sep 14.
    Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Strzeszynska 34, 60-479 Poznan, Poland.
    are closely related sibling fungal pathogens that cause phoma leaf spotting, stem canker (blackleg) and stem necrosis of oilseed rape (). The disease is distributed worldwide, and it is one of the main causes of considerable decrease in seed yield and quality. Information about the time of ascospore release at a particular location provides important data for decision making in plant protection, thereby enabling fungicides to be used only when necessary and at optimal times and doses. Read More

    Temporal and spatiotemporal autocorrelation of daily concentrations of , and pollen in Poland.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2015;31(2):159-177. Epub 2014 Nov 15.
    Department of Plant Ecology, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80-308 Gdańsk, Poland.
    The aim of the study was to determine the characteristics of temporal and space-time autocorrelation of pollen counts of , , and in the air of eight cities in Poland. Daily average pollen concentrations were monitored over 8 years (2001-2005 and 2009-2011) using Hirst-designed volumetric spore traps. The spatial and temporal coherence of data was investigated using the autocorrelation and cross-correlation functions. Read More

    Assessment of microbiological contamination in the work environments of museums, archives and libraries.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2015;31(3):389-401. Epub 2015 Mar 15.
    Department of Protective Equipment, Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute, 48 Wierzbowa St, 90-133 Lodz, Poland.
    Museums, archives and libraries have large working environments. The goal of this study was to determine microbial contamination in these work places and estimate the influence of microclimatic parameters and total dust content on microbial contamination. In addition, research included evaluation of ergosterol concentration and fungal bioaerosol particle size distribution. Read More

    Effects of meteorological factors on the composition of selected fungal spores in the air.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2015;31(1):63-72. Epub 2014 Sep 12.
    Department of Plant Taxonomy and Phytogeography, Faculty of Biology, University of Szczecin, Wąska 13 Street, 71-415 Szczecin, Poland.
    The aim of the study was to determine functional relationships between composition of air spora and meteorological factors, using multivariate statistical technique: canonical correspondence analysis (CCA). Analyses were conducted for the data collected during the 4 year (2007-2010) and, in order to show the dynamics of such relationships, for each year separately. The CCA results indicated that all statistically significant variables accounted for 15. Read More

    Evaluation of ergosterol content in the air of various environments.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2015;31(1):33-44. Epub 2014 Jun 6.
    Institute of Fermentation Technology and Microbiology, Lodz University of Technology, Wólczańska St. 171/173, 90-924 Lodz, Poland.
    The aim of the study was to compare the content of ergosterol in different microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts and moulds) isolated from the air as well as in six species of moulds in their different morphological forms-live mycelium, dead mycelium, and spores. Evaluation of the level of mould contamination of the air in various places using culture method and ergosterol determination was also performed. The analysis of ergosterol was carried out by gas chromatography equipped with flame ionisation detector. Read More

    Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2016 06 29;32(2):289-302. Epub 2015 Jul 29.
    School of Medicine, Translational Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
    Although grass pollen is widely regarded as the major outdoor aeroallergen source in Australia and New Zealand (NZ), no assemblage of airborne pollen data for the region has been previously compiled. Grass pollen count data collected at 14 urban sites in Australia and NZ over periods ranging from 1 to 17 years were acquired, assembled and compared, revealing considerable spatiotemporal variability. Although direct comparison between these data is problematic due to methodological differences between monitoring sites, the following patterns are apparent. Read More

    An airborne actinobacteria isolated from bioaerosol of a mushroom compost facility.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2014 17;30(4):413-422. Epub 2014 Apr 17.
    Institute of Fermentation Technology and Microbiology, Technical University of Łódź, Wólczańska 171/173, 90-924 Lodz, Poland.
    are widely distributed in many environments and represent the most important trigger to the occupant respiratory health. Health complaints, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis of the workers, were recorded in a mushroom compost facility (MCF). The studies on the airborne bacteria were carried out to find a possible microbiological source of these symptoms. Read More

    Gamma, Gaussian and logistic distribution models for airborne pollen grains and fungal spore season dynamics.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2014 18;30(4):369-383. Epub 2014 Mar 18.
    Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. A. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland.
    The characteristics of a pollen season, such as timing and magnitude, depend on a number of factors such as the biology of the plant and environmental conditions. The main aim of this study was to develop mathematical models that explain dynamics in atmospheric concentrations of pollen and fungal spores recorded in Rzeszów (SE Poland) in 2000-2002. Plant taxa with different characteristics in the timing, duration and curve of their pollen seasons, as well as several fungal taxa were selected for this analysis. Read More

    Predicting tree pollen season start dates using thermal conditions.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2014 20;30:307-321. Epub 2014 Feb 20.
    Department of Clinical and Environmental Allergology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Śniadeckich 10, 31-531 Kraków, Poland.
    Thermal conditions at the beginning of the year determine the timing of pollen seasons of early flowering trees. The aims of this study were to quantify the relationship between the tree pollen season start dates and the thermal conditions just before the beginning of the season and to construct models predicting the start of the pollen season in a given year. The study was performed in Krakow (Southern Poland); the pollen data of , and were obtained in 1991-2012 using a volumetric method. Read More

    Characterization of protein expression of pollen following exposure to gaseous pollutants and vehicle exhaust particles.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2014 8;30:281-291. Epub 2014 Feb 8.
    School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, Saitama, 338-8570 Japan.
    Being major ornamental street trees, species of are widely planted in the Shanghai urban area. A great deal of allergenic pollen is released from the trees and suspended in the atmosphere during its flowering season, ultimately causing allergic respiratory diseases. Few papers have focused on the distribution of this type of pollen and its expression of allergenic proteins. Read More

    Variations in sp. pollen seasons (1996-2011) in Poznań, Poland, in relation to meteorological parameters.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2014 7;30:149-159. Epub 2013 Aug 7.
    Research Group Aerobiology and Pollen Information, Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
    The aim of this study is to supply detailed information about oak ( sp.) pollen seasons in Poznań, Poland, based on a 16-year aerobiological data series (1996-2011). The pollen data were collected using a volumetric spore trap of the Hirst design located in Poznań city center. Read More

    Types of pollen season depending on the weather conditions in Wrocław (Poland), 2002-2011.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2014 26;30:13-23. Epub 2013 May 26.
    Institute of Geography and Regional Development, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Dolnośląskie Poland.
    The aim of the study was to characterise pollen season types according to weather conditions in Wrocław (south-western Poland) in the years 2002-2011. Over the period analysed, the start date of the pollen season (determined by the 95 % method) ranged from 10 July 2002 to 28 July 2010. The start date of the pollen season can be determined by using Crop Heat Units (CHUs). Read More

    The patterns of and pollen seasons and pollination periods in two Polish cities located in different climatic regions.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2013 14;29:495-511. Epub 2013 Mar 14.
    Department of Botany and Nature Conservation, University of Szczecin, Felczaka 3c, 71-412 Szczecin, Poland.
    This study compares phenological observations of (hazel) and (alder) flowering with airborne pollen counts of these taxa recorded using volumetric spore traps (2009-2011). The work was carried out in the Polish cities of Szczecin and Rzeszów that are located in different climatic regions. Correlations between pollen concentrations and meteorological data were investigated using Spearman's rank correlation analysis. Read More

    Bioaerosols of subterraneotherapy chambers at salt mine health resort.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2013 16;29:481-493. Epub 2013 Mar 16.
    Department of Microbiology, University of Agriculture, 24/28 Mickiewicza Avenue, 30-059 Kraków, Poland.
    Nowadays, an inhalation of naturally generated aerosols has again become a widely practiced method of balneological treatment of various respiratory diseases. The aim of this study was to characterize the microbial aerosol of subterraneotherapy chambers at the Bochnia Salt Mine Health Resort in southern Poland. The measurements were carried out using a 6-stage Andersen impactor over a period of 1 year in both indoor (i. Read More

    Microbial communities adhering to the obverse and reverse sides of an oil painting on canvas: identification and evaluation of their biodegradative potential.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2013 Jun 16;29(2):301-314. Epub 2012 Nov 16.
    Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Granada, Avda. Fuentenueva, 18071 Granada, Spain.
    In this study, we investigated and compared the microbial communities adhering to the obverse and the reverse sides of an oil painting on canvas exhibiting signs of biodeterioration. Samples showing no visible damage were investigated as controls. Air samples were also analysed, in order to investigate the presence of airborne microorganisms suspended in the indoor atmosphere. Read More

    Transport of airborne pollen on the northern slope of Tianshan Mountains (Xinjiang, China) and its implication for paleoenvironmental reconstruction.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2013 Jun 1;29(2):161-173. Epub 2012 Aug 1.
    Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing Road 818, Urumqi, 830011 China ; Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany ; Qira National Field Research Station for Desert Steppe Ecosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qira County , 848300 Hotan, Xinjiang China.
    The understanding of airborne pollen transportation is crucial for the reconstruction of the paleoenvironment. Under favorable conditions, a considerable amount of long-distance-transported pollen can be deposited far from its place of origin. In extreme arid regions, in most cases, such situations occur and increase the difficulty to interpret fossil pollen records. Read More

    Prediction of the birch pollen season characteristics in Cracow, Poland using an 18-year data series.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2013 Mar 11;29(1):31-44. Epub 2012 May 11.
    Department of Clinical and Environmental Allergology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, 31-531 Cracow, Sniadeckich 10 Poland.
    The aim of the study was to construct the model forecasting the birch pollen season characteristics in Cracow on the basis of an 18-year data series. The study was performed using the volumetric method (Lanzoni/Burkard trap). The 98/95 % method was used to calculate the pollen season. Read More

    The effect of meteorological factors on airborne Betula pollen concentrations in Lublin (Poland).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2012 Dec 31;28(4):467-479. Epub 2012 Jan 31.
    Department of Botany, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 15, 20-950 Lublin, Poland.
    The present study investigated the pattern of the birch atmospheric pollen seasons in Lublin in the period 2001-2010. Pollen monitoring was conducted using a Lanzoni VPPS 2000 sampler. The atmospheric pollen seasons were determined with the 98% method. Read More

    Does insect netting affect the containment of airborne pollen from (GM-) plants in greenhouses?
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2012 Sep 19;28(3):325-335. Epub 2011 Nov 19.
    Greenhouses are a well-accepted containment strategy to grow and study genetically modified plants (GM) before release into the environment. Various containment levels are requested by national regulations to minimize GM pollen escape. We tested the amount of pollen escaping from a standard greenhouse, which can be used for EU containment classes 1 and 2. Read More

    Comparison of aerosol and bioaerosol collection on air filters.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2012 Jun 17;28(2):185-193. Epub 2011 Sep 17.
    Department of Biology, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 20 Nowowiejska St., 00-653 Warsaw, Poland.
    Air filters efficiency is usually determined by non-biological test aerosols, such as potassium chloride particles, Arizona dust or di-ethyl-hexyl-sebacate (DEHS) oily liquid. This research was undertaken to asses, if application of non-biological aerosols reflects air filters capacity to collect particles of biological origin. The collection efficiency for non-biological aerosol was tested with the PALAS set and ISO Fine Test Dust. Read More

    Occurrence of Didymella ascospores in western and southern Poland in 2004-2006.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2012 Jun 5;28(2):153-159. Epub 2011 Aug 5.
    The concentration of airborne Didymella spores has been investigated at two monitoring sites situated along the west-south transect in Poland (Szczecin, Kraków), i.e. from a height of 100 to 219 m, respectively, above sea level. Read More

    The pollen season dynamics and the relationship among some season parameters (start, end, annual total, season phases) in Kraków, Poland, 1991-2008.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2011 Sep 29;27(3):229-238. Epub 2010 Dec 29.
    The dynamics of 15 taxa pollen seasons in Kraków, in 1991-2008 was monitored using a Burkard volumetric spore trap of the Hirst design. The highest daily pollen concentrations were achieved in the first half of May, and they were caused mainly by Betula and Pinus pollen. The second period of the high concentrations took place from the middle of July to the end of August (mainly Urtica pollen). Read More

    Threat of allergenic airborne grass pollen in Szczecin, NW Poland: the dynamics of pollen seasons, effect of meteorological variables and air pollution.
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2011 Sep 12;27(3):191-202. Epub 2010 Nov 12.
    Department of Botany and Nature Conservation, University of Szczecin, Felczaka 3c, 71-412 Szczecin, Poland.
    The dynamics of Poaceae pollen season, in particularly that of the Secale genus, in Szczecin (western Poland) 2004-2008 was analysed to establish a relationship between the meteorological variables, air pollution and the pollen count of the taxa studied. Consecutive phases during the pollen season were defined for each taxon (1, 2.5, 5, 25, 50, 75, 95, 97. Read More

    Airborne Aspergillus and Penicillium in the atmosphere of Szczecin, (Poland) (2004-2009).
    Aerobiologia (Bologna) 2011 Mar 3;27(1):67-76. Epub 2010 Aug 3.
    Department of Plant Taxonomy and Phytogeography, University of Szczecin, Wąska 13, 71-415 Szczecin, Poland.
    The investigation into airborne fungal spore concentrations was conducted in Szczecin (Poland) between 2004 and 2009. The objective of the studies was to determine a seasonal variation in concentrations of amerospores on the basis of meteorological parameters. The presence of spores in Szczecin was recorded using a volumetric method. Read More

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