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A THREE-YEAR AEROPALYNOLOGICAL STUDY IN ESTEPONA (SOUTHERN SPAIN)
 
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Department of Plant Biology, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain
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Allergy Section, Complejo Hospitalario Carlos Haya, Malaga, Spain
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María del Mar Trigo   

Departamento de Biología Vegetal, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Campus de Teatinos s/n, E-29071 Málaga, Spain
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2006;13(2):201–207
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An aeropalynological study was carried out in the atmosphere of Estepona, a very popular tourist resort situated in the “Costa del Sol”, (southern Spain) based on the data obtained during a three year air-monitoring programme (March 1995 to March 1998) using a volumetric pollen trap. The 34 taxa that reached a 10-day mean air pollen concentration equal to or greater than 1 grain of pollen/m3 of air are reflected in the calendar. The first 10 taxa, in order of abundance, were: Cupressaceae, Olea europaea, Quercus, Poaceae, Urticaceae, Plantago, Pinus, Chenopodiaceae-Amaranthaceae, Ericaceae and Castanea, the first 3 of which accounted for approximately 56% of the annual total pollen count. The greatest diversity of pollen type occurred during spring, while the highest pollen concentrations were reached from February-June, when approximately more than 80% of the annual total pollen was registered. The lowest concentrations were obtaining during January, August and September. The annual quantity of pollen collected, the intensity and the dates on which the maximum peaks were recorded differed for the 3 years studied, which can be explained by reference to various meteorological parameters, especially rainfall and temperature. The pollen calendar spectrum is typically Mediterranean and similar to those of nearby localities, in which many pollen types are represented and the long tails indicating long flowering periods.
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