A1 Journal article – refereed
Circadian periodicity of airborne pollen and spores; significance of sampling height

List of Authors: Rantio-Lehtimäki A, Helander M, Pessi A-M
Publication year: 1991
Journal: Aerobiologia
Volume number: 7


The circadian periodicity of the five allergologically most important pollen types in S. Finland and two different spore types were studied at two sites, about 200 meters apart: one Burkard sampler situated on a roof at a height of 15 meters and the other on a garden lawn at ground level. The circadian rhythms of pollen released close to the ground (herb pollen) did not correlate at the two sampling heights used. Variations in pollen from high sources (trees) were significantly correlated at the two heights used. The circadian rhythms of spores from low source distant from the sampling sites (Suillus as an example of forest fungi) were not always correlated; instead, spores with sources at different heights (Cladosporium as an example) had similar circadian periodicity not depending on the sampling level. It was shown that, when studying circadian rhythms of atmospheric particles, the sampling height used is often of great importance. Circadian rhythms of the same pollen and spore types for ten years at the higher sampling site are presented for long-term comparison.

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