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Ann Agric Environ Med 2003, 10, 31-36

AIRBORNE POLLEN GRAINS IN BURSA, TURKEY, 1999-2000

Adem Bicakci1, Sevcan Tatlidil1, Nihat Sapan2, Hulusi Malyer1, Yakup Canitez2

1Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Uludag University, Gorukle, Bursa, Turkey
2Division of Pediatric Allergy, Faculty of Medicine, Uludag University, Gorukle, Bursa, Turkey

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Bicakci A, Tatlidil S, Sapan N, Malyer H, Canitez Y: Airborne pollen grains in Bursa, Turkey, 1999-2000. Ann Agric Environ Med 2003, 10, 31-36.

Abstract: In this study, pollen grains were sampled by using a Lanzoni trap (Lanzoni VPPS 2000) in atmosphere of Bursa in 1999 and 2000. During two years, a total of 13,991 pollen grains/m3 which belonged to 59 taxa and unidentified pollen grains were recorded. A total of 7,768 pollen grains were identified in 1999 and a total of 6,223 in 2000. From these taxa, 36 belong to arboreal and 23 taxa to non-arboreal plants. Total pollen grains consist of 78.61% arboreal, 20.37% non-arboreal plants and 1.03% unidentified pollen grains. In the region investigated, Pinus sp., Olea sp., Platanus sp., Gramineae, Cupressaceae/Taxaceae, Quercus sp., Acer sp., Morus sp. Xanthium sp., Castanea sp., Chenopodiaceae/Amaranthaceae, Corylus sp., Artemisia sp., Urtica sp. and Fraxinus sp. were responsible for the greatest amounts of pollen. During the study period the pollen concentration reached its highest level in April

Address for correspondence: Dr. Adem Bicakci, Uludag University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Gorukle, 16059, Bursa, Turkey. E-mail: abicakci@uludag.edu.tr

Key words: Turkey, Bursa, pollen, pollen calendar.


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