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Ann Agric Environ Med 2003, 10, 79-85

POLLEN COUNT OF SELECTED TAXA IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF LUBLIN USING TWO MONITORING METHODS

Krystyna Piotrowska, Elzbieta Weryszko-Chmielewska

Department of Botany, Agricultural University, Lublin, Poland

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Piotrowska K, Weryszko-Chmielewska E: Pollen count of selected taxa in the atmosphere of Lublin using two monitoring methods. Ann Agric Environ Med 2003, 10, 79-85.

Abstract: In 1997-1998, annual variations in the concentration of pollen in the atmosphere of Lublin, Poland, were analysed by the volumetric and gravimetric methods. To determine the concentration of pollen, a volumetric VST-trap was used, whereas for pollen fall - a gravimetric Durham trap. The following taxa were chosen for pollen analysis: Alnus, Corylus, Populus, Betula, Poaceae, Rumex, Plantago, Urtica, Chenopodiaceae and Artemisia. It was found that the length of pollen season, as well as pollen count increase and decrease tendencies determined by the two methods, were similar. Maximum concentrations of pollen grains occurred on the same dates for arboreous plants, Artemisia and Poaceae in 1997. In the case of other herbal plants, the maximum dates might be different, yet abundant occurrence of pollen grains was registered at the same time.

Address for correspondence: Dr Krystyna Piotrowska, Department of Botany, Agricultural University, Akademicka 15, 20-950 Lublin, Poland. E-mail: kpbot@agros.ar.lublin.pl

Key words: pollen monitoring, volumetric method, gravimetric method, Lublin, Poland.


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