Poaceae, Secale spp. and Artemisia spp. pollen in the air at two sites of different degrees of urbanisation

Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany and Nature Conservation, University of Szczecin, Poland
Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany and Nature Conservation, University of Szczecin, Poland; Centre for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
University of Szczecin, Coastal Marine Hydrography Unit, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Department of Geosciences
Ann Agric Environ Med 2017;24(1):70–74
[b]Abstract Introduction[/b]. Among herbal plants, most cases of allergic reactions, like seasonal inflammation of nasal mucosa, conjunctivitis and pollen asthma, are related to the allergens from grass pollen. As the blossoming and pollination of rye is known to start the pollen season of grasses, information about the airborne rye pollen count permits alerting the people allergic to certain allergens contained in rye pollen. An important cause of allergy is also the pollen from wormwood, blossoming in late summer, as its two main allergens produce cross-reactions with many other plant allergens. [b]Objective[/b]. The aim of the study was to evaluate the risk of allergic reactions in persons with pollinosis on the basis of the pollen calendar, analysis of concentrations of pollen grains of grass and rye, and comparison of diurnal pattern of airborne pollen grain concentrations at two sites with different degrees of urbanisation (Gudowo in the country and the city of Szczecin) in 2012–2014. [b]Materials and methods.[/b] The concentration of pollen was measured by the volume method. Length of the pollination season was determined by the method of 98%, assuming that the beginning and the end of the pollen season are the days on which 1% and 99% of the annual sum of pollen appeared. [b]Results.[/b] The first pollen grains to appear in the air are those produced by rye, followed by those produced by grass and wormwood. The pollen seasons of grasses and wormwood started about one week earlier in Gudowo than in Szczecin, while the pollen season of rye started at almost the same time in the country and in the city. Airborne pollen counts of grasses, rye and wormwood were much higher in the country than in the city. The differences most probably result from the different floristic composition at these two sites and reflect the local contribution of the taxa studied in the country. Conclusions. The risk of allergy caused by the pollen of the taxa analysed was much higher in Gudowo (in the country), than in Szczecin city