, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 64-70

A predictive study on the beginning of the pollen season for Gramineae andolea europaea L.

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On the basis of the results of seven years (1982–1988) of pollen and meteorological monitoring in the atmosphere of Perugia and Ascoli Piceno (central Italy) beginning of pollen season forecasts for Gramineae and Olea europaea L. are reported. The beginning of the pollen season for grass varied between May 2 nd and May 27th while for Olea it varied between May 26 th and June 23rd. By a statistical analysis of these data several significant correlations were found between the onset of the principal period of pollination and the air temperature in the preceding months and the number of «heat units» required to flower. Utilizing multiple regressions a predictive method of the beginning of pollen season for both the taxa is reported.