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Seasonal distribution of pollen in the atmosphere of Darwin, tropical Australia: Preliminary results

Stevenson, J., Haberle, S., Johnston, Fay Helena and Bowman, David M. J. S. (2007). Seasonal distribution of pollen in the atmosphere of Darwin, tropical Australia: Preliminary results. Grana: international journal of palynology and aerobiology,46(1):34-42.

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IRMA ID A00004xPUB84
Title Seasonal distribution of pollen in the atmosphere of Darwin, tropical Australia: Preliminary results
Author Stevenson, J.
Haberle, S.
Johnston, Fay Helena
Bowman, David M. J. S.
Journal Name Grana: international journal of palynology and aerobiology
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 46
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1651-2049   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33947104056
Start Page 34
End Page 42
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Norway
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Field of Research 0607 - Plant Biology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Pollen loads in the atmosphere of Darwin, a city located in the wet-dry tropics of Australia, have been monitored for the period March 2004 to November 2005 as part of a large research program looking at atmospheric particles and human health. Seven pollen types dominate the pollen spectrum, the herbaceous families of Poaceae ( grasses) and Cyperaceae (sedges), as well as several native tree and shrub taxa, Acacia, Callitris, Casuarina, Arecaceae and Myrtaceae. The pollen loads were found to have a strong seasonal component associated with the alternating wet ( November to March) and dry (April to October) seasons of the region. Seventy percent of the yearly pollen load is captured during the dry season, with the peak pollen period occurring at the onset of the dry season (April-May) when most grasses are in flower. The daily pollen concentration decreases as the dry season progresses, accompanied by a change in composition; fewer herbaceous but increasing woody taxa. Preliminary health outcomes reveal a positive association between hay fever, Poaceae and Acacia pollen, as well as a significant association between total fungal spore concentrations and asthma. The Darwin record contrasts significantly with surveys conducted in the subtropical and temperate cities of Australia where temperature as opposed to rainfall and the prevalence of northern hemisphere exotic tree species have a greater influence over the seasonality and composition of the pollen loads.
Keywords atmospheric pollen
Darwin
wet-dry tropics
pollen season
fungal spores
allergy
singapore
india
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00173130601178250   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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