Airborne allergenic pollen in natural areas: Hornachuelos Natural Park, Cordoba, southern Spain
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Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Phisiology, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
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Herminia Garcia-Mozo   

Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Phisiology, Campus Universitario de Rabanales, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain.
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2007;14(1):63-69
The present study shows the results of monitoring the atmospheric pollen in the atmosphere of an area of natural vegetation, the Hornachuelos Natural Park, Cordoba, southern Spain, during a six years (1998-2003). Special attention was paid in the seasonal and intra-diurnal characteristics of airborne allergenic pollen. During this period, 31 pollen types were described, some of them rare in aerobiological analysis. High concentrations of allergenic pollen from entomophilous species and from areas at a long distance ,were found. Significant differences between pollen spectrum and pollen concentration of the natural study area and the surrounding cities were detected. Intra-diurnal pattern from trees surrounding the trap presented a clear peak at midday/afternoon. Pollen from taxa ,comprising many species and from species at far locations showed a smoother intra-diurnal pattern. The correlation with meteorological parameters was positive with maximum and mean temperatures, and negative with humidity and rainfall
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