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Prevalence of culturable airborne spores of selected allergenic and pathogenic fungi in outdoor air

O'Gorman C, Fuller H ...see all

Atmospheric Environment, vol. 42, issue 18 (2008) pp. 4355-4368

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Temporal and spatial variations in airborne spore concentrations of selected allergenic and pathogenic fungi were examined in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005. Air samples were taken at four outdoor locations in the city every 2 weeks, coupled with measurements of meteorological conditions. Total culturable airborne fungal spore concentrations in Dublin ranged from 30-6800 colony forming units per cubic metre of air (CFU m-3) over the 12-month period. Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria spores were constantly present in the Dublin atmosphere, representing >20% of the total culturable spore count. Concentrations of Cladosporium increased significantly in summer and reached allergenic threshold levels, peaking at over 3200 CFU m-3 in August. Penicillium spore concentrations never reached allergenic threshold levels, with average concentrations of

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  • Allergenic fungi
  • Dublin
  • Fungal spores
  • Human pathogens
  • Seasonal variation
  • Urban air

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  • Céline M. O'Gorman

  • Hubert T. Fuller

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