STUDY ON AIRBORNE POLLEN IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF BANGALORE CITY

Abstract: The atmospheric pollen of Jnana Bharathi campus, Bangalore University was surveyed during one year period from January 2011 to December 2011 using a vertical cylinder trap. A total of 28 pollen types were identified, among which 7 were present throughout the year. These belonged to Poaceae, Tridax sp., Eucalyptus sp., Parthenium hysterophorus, Cocus nucifera, Croton sparsiflorus and Mimosa pudica. The most predominant Pollen was Parthenium hysterophorus (23.87%) followed by Poaceae (16.19%), Mimosa Pudica (11.31%), Delonix regia (8.77%) and Eucalyptus spp. (7.58%) were found in the atmosphere of Bangalore city. Maximum pollen concentration was observed in the month of May (880/m3) followed by April (552/m3) and minimum in June (163/m3). The total pollens as well as individual pollen types displayed distinct seasonal periodicity in their incidence. The present study will provide preliminary but useful data to the allergologists for effective diagnosis and treatment of local population suffering from pollen hypersensitivity.

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[Roopashree S, Somashekar R K, Prasanna Kumar C N (2014); STUDY ON AIRBORNE POLLEN IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF BANGALORE CITY Int. J. of Adv. Res. 2 (4). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

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