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An update on pollen and fungal spore aerobiology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12373259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Changes in climate are altering pollen distribution. Predictive modeling can be used to forecast long- and short-term changes in pollen concentrations. Increasing evidence confirms the presence of pollen allergens on small, respirable particles in the air, explaining the occurrence of pollen-season increases in asthma. Like pollens, aboveground indoor fungal aerosols primarily reflect outdoor concentrations. Basement spore concentrations might be higher and reflective of local sources. Fungal presence in the indoor or outdoor air can be monitored on an area basis or with personal monitors. The samples can be analyzed by means of microscopy, culture, DNA probes, HPLC, or immunodetection. Total fungal biomass can be estimated on the basis of measurements of ergosterol or glucan in environmental samples. Unfortunately, there are no generally accepted standards for interpretation of fungal levels in indoor or outdoor air. At present, the best approach to indoor fungal control is moisture control in the indoor environment. This will essentially prevent fungal growth, except from extraordinary events.
Authors:
Harriet A Burge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0091-6749     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Allergy Clin. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-09     Completed Date:  2002-10-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1275002     Medline TA:  J Allergy Clin Immunol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  544-52     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Harvard School of Public Health, Landmark Center, Room 404M, West, 401 Park Drive, PO Box 15677, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Air Microbiology*
Forecasting
Humans
Models, Theoretical
Pollen*
Spores, Fungal*

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