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Sofia Ghitarrini, Elisa Pierboni, Cristina Rondini, Emma Tedeschini, Gloria R Tovo, Giuseppe Frenguelli, Emidio Albertini
Grasses (Poaceae) are very common plants, which are widespread in all environments and urban areas. Despite their economical importance, they can represent a problem to humans due to their abundant production of allergenic pollen. Detailed information about the pollen season for these species is needed in order to plan adequate therapies and to warn allergic people about the risks they take in certain areas at certain moments. Moreover, precise identification of the causative species and their allergens is necessary when the patient is treated with allergen-specific immunotherapy...
April 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Agnieszka Kubik-Komar, Elżbieta Kubera, Krystyna Piotrowska-Weryszko
The basis of aerobiological studies is to monitor airborne pollen concentrations and pollen season timing. This task is performed by appropriately trained staff and is difficult and time consuming.The goal of this research is to select morphological characteristics of grains that are the most discriminative for distinguishing between birch, hazel and alder taxa and are easy to determine automatically from microscope images. This selection is based on the split attributes of the J4.8 classification trees built for different subsets of features...
April 11, 2018: Biology Open
Rakhesh Devadas, Alfredo R Huete, Don Vicendese, Bircan Erbas, Paul J Beggs, Danielle Medek, Simon G Haberle, Rewi M Newnham, Fay H Johnston, Alison K Jaggard, Bradley Campbell, Pamela K Burton, Constance H Katelaris, Ed Newbigin, Michel Thibaudon, Janet M Davies
Allergic diseases, including respiratory conditions of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma, affect up to 500 million people worldwide. Grass pollen are one major source of aeroallergens globally. Pollen forecast methods are generally site-based and rely on empirical meteorological relationships and/or the use of labour-intensive pollen collection traps that are restricted to sparse sampling locations. The spatial and temporal dynamics of the grass pollen sources themselves, however, have received less attention...
March 23, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Elisa Banchi, Claudio Gennaro Ametrano, David Stanković, Pierluigi Verardo, Olga Moretti, Francesca Gabrielli, Stefania Lazzarin, Maria Francesca Borney, Francesca Tassan, Mauro Tretiach, Alberto Pallavicini, Lucia Muggia
Fungal spores and mycelium fragments are particles which become and remain airborne and have been subjects of aerobiological studies. The presence and the abundance of taxa in aerobiological samples can be very variable and impaired by changeable climatic conditions. Because many fungi produce mycotoxins and both their mycelium fragments and spores are potential allergens, monitoring the presence of these taxa is of key importance. So far data on exposure and sensitization to fungal allergens are mainly based on the assessment of few, easily identifiable taxa and focused only on certain environments...
2018: PloS One
A Travaglini, S Masieri, C Cavaliere, M A Brighetti
Allergies caused by inhalant allergens, particularly pollens, are steadily increasing in urban centers. It is known that atmospheric pollution is strongly related to the inflammatory disease of the upper and lower airways but it is equally important in the development of sensitization towards pollens. Particulate Matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have an enhancement function on the persistence of pollens in the air, increasing the concentration and duration of pollinosis. It is therefore essential to use air quality control methods in urban centers to monitor the presence of pollen and fine dust that can drive the doctor and the patient to improve prevention, a step of primary importance in the treatment of allergies...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Elzbieta Weryszko-Chmielewska, Idalia Kasprzyk, Malgorzata Nowak, Aneta Sulborska, Joanna Kaczmarek, Agata Szymanska, Weronika Haratym, Miroslaw Gilski, Malgorzata Jedryczka
The spores of Cladosporium Link. are often present in the air in high quantities and produce many allergenic proteins, which may lead to asthma. An aerobiological spore monitoring program can inform patients about the current spore concentration in air and help their physicians determine the spore dose that is harmful for a given individual. This makes it possible to develop optimized responses and propose personalized therapy for a particular sensitive patient. The aim of this study was to assess the extent of the human health hazard posed by the fungal genus Cladosporium...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
M D Galera, B Elvira-Rendueles, J M Moreno, L Negral, M C Ruiz-Abellón, A García-Sánchez, S Moreno-Grau
Olive cultivation is of great importance in Southern Europe but olive pollen is the leading cause of allergy in many regions where it is grown. The best preventive measure for allergic patients is to avoid exposure. Thus, aerobiological monitoring networks must supply realistic pollen classes for the different types of allergic pollen. Even though those pollen classes are defined, they do not necessarily fit local data. Altogether, they should use predictive models to assess flowering intensity in advance. In this study, the Olea pollen degree of exposure classes (OPDEC) are defined based on percentiles and a predictive model is suggested for Cartagena, Spain...
May 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
K N Neufeld, A P Keinath, B K Gugino, M T McGrath, E J Sikora, S A Miller, M L Ivey, D B Langston, B Dutta, T Keever, A Sims, P S Ojiambo
Cucurbit downy mildew caused by the obligate oomycete, Pseudoperonospora cubensis, is considered one of the most economically important diseases of cucurbits worldwide. In the continental United States, the pathogen overwinters in southern Florida and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Outbreaks of the disease in northern states occur annually via long-distance aerial transport of sporangia from infected source fields. An integrated aerobiological modeling system has been developed to predict the risk of disease occurrence and to facilitate timely use of fungicides for disease management...
November 25, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
R Albertini, M Ugolotti, L Ghillani, M Adorni, P Vitali, C Signorelli, C Pasquarella
BACKGROUND: Ambrosia is an annual anemophilous weed producing allergenic pollen affecting public health in European countries. In Italy, the most infested region is Lombardy where, in some areas, it is the major cause of hay fever. In the Parma district, until 2007, Ambrosia seemed to be very rare, despite an observed increase of Seasonal Pollen Index (SPI), of pollen peak value and of asthma among ragweed sensitized patients. The aims of this study were to calculate ragweed pollen season and trends from 1996 to 2015, to assess the relationships between pollen season characteristics and selected meteorological data, to map plants in the territory and to evaluate the presence of beetle Ophraella communa (Ophraella), known as an eater of Ambrosia leaves...
November 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
Michaela Flonard, Esther Lo, Estelle Levetin
In the Tulsa area, the Cupressaceae is largely represented by eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.). The encroachment of this species into the grasslands of Oklahoma has been well documented, and it is believed this trend will continue. The pollen is known to be allergenic and is a major component of the Tulsa atmosphere in February and March. This study examined airborne Cupressaceae pollen data from 1987 to 2016 to determine long-term trends, pollen seasonal variability, and influence of meteorological variables on airborne pollen concentrations...
February 2018: International Journal of Biometeorology
Polliana Mihaela Leru, Ana-Maria Eftimie, Michel Thibaudon
INTRODUCTION: Respiratory allergies induced by allergenic plants pollen represent an important public health problem with increasing prevalence and severity. Aerobiologic study of allergenic pollens is performed in many countries on regular basis and correlated with health data from allergists in the frame of national aerobiology networks. Romania has no aerobiology network and pollen measurements have been done between 1999-2012 in West region only. In the frame of COST Action called Sustainable management of Ambrosia Artemisiifolia in Europe (SMARTER FA 1203), three years collaboration with Reseau National de Surveillance Aerobiologique (RNSA) from France and the first pollen monitoring center in Bucharest were established...
August 28, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
H García-Mozo, M A Hernández-Ceballos, M M Trigo, C Galán
Given its proximity to northern Africa, southern Spain is regularly affected by high-altitude African intrusions. This determines a well-defined wind dynamics at surface levels. Although this weather event-mainly recorded in spring and summer-coincides with the flowering season of many wind pollinated species, its potential influence on long term airborne pollen transport has been not investigated in detail. We analyse their influence on olive pollen transport at surface level in south Spain. Daily and bi-hourly olive pollen data from 2010 to 2015, recorded at two sites 150km apart, Málaga (coast) and Córdoba (inland), were analysed together with 1) air masses at 300m above ground level (m...
December 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Bernard Yu-Hor Thong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
K Karatzas, M Riga, U Berger, M Werchan, O Pfaar, K C Bergmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Allergy
Marius Dybwad, Gunnar Skogan
The ability to perform controlled experiments with bioaerosols is a fundamental enabler of many bioaerosol research disciplines. A practical alternative to using hazardous biothreat agents, e.g., for detection equipment development and testing, involves using appropriate model organisms (simulants). Several species of Gram-negative bacteria have been used or proposed as biothreat simulants. However, the appropriateness of different bacterial genera, species, and strains as simulants is still debated. Here, we report aerobiological stability characteristics of four species of Gram-negative bacteria ( Pantoea agglomerans , Serratia marcescens , Escherichia coli , and Xanthomonas arboricola ) in single-cell particles and cell clusters produced using four spray liquids (H2 O, phosphate-buffered saline[PBS], spent culture medium[SCM], and a SCM-PBS mixture)...
September 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Allen E Haddrell, Richard J Thomas
Understanding airborne survival and decay of microorganisms is important for a range of public health and biodefense applications, including epidemiological and risk analysis modeling. Techniques for experimental aerosol generation, retention in the aerosol phase, and sampling require careful consideration and understanding so that they are representative of the conditions the bioaerosol would experience in the environment. This review explores the current understanding of atmospheric transport in relation to advances and limitations of aerosol generation, maintenance in the aerosol phase, and sampling techniques...
September 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Marie R Keatley
Over the decade 2007-2016, the International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) has pursued its purpose of advancing the science of biometeorology through its Congresses and sponsoring conferences, meetings and workshops. In conjunction with Springer, ISB has introduced a new book series: Biometeorology, and published three volumes. ISB's journal, the International Journal of Biometeorology, has increased the number of issues to 12 per year and added the Fields of 'Aerobiology', 'Climate Change and Ecology' and 'Climate Change and Public Health'...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
Paul J Beggs, Branko Šikoparija, Matt Smith
Aerobiology and biometeorology are related fields. Here we provide a broad review of aerobiology articles published in the International Journal of Biometeorology (IJB) over the past 60 years. We consider how the quantity of such work has varied over this period as well as which regions and countries have been the focus of such work, and where there is a relative paucity. We then focus on a number of highlights and themes in this research, including aerobiology and climate change and aerobiological modelling and forecasting...
September 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
Lewis Cuthbertson, Herminia Amores-Arrocha, Lucie A Malard, Nora Els, Birgit Sattler, David A Pearce
Atmospheric dispersal of bacteria is increasingly acknowledged as an important factor influencing bacterial community biodiversity, biogeography and bacteria-human interactions, including those linked to human health. However, knowledge about patterns in microbial aerobiology is still relatively scarce, and this can be attributed, in part, to a lack of consensus on appropriate sampling and analytical methodology. In this study, three different methods were used to investigate aerial biodiversity over Svalbard: impaction, membrane filtration and drop plates...
May 6, 2017: Biology
T Abramidze, M Gotua, N Chikhelidze, T Cheishvili, A Gamkrelidze
Pollen allergy is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction mainly of the respiratory tract and eye conjunctivae to pollen grains. The number of people allergic to plant aeroallergens has substantially increased in big cities and industrial areas. The monitoring of aerobiological parameters is of paramount importance for the characterization of allergenic risks. The aims of presented study were as follows: to profile the plant aeroallergens in two major cities of Georgia, to compare the character of pollination curves, to determine the dates of beginning of pollen seasons and their duration in particular cities...
March 2017: Georgian Medical News
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