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Risk of pollen allergy in Nerja (southern Spain): a pollen calendar

  • Silvia Docampo
  • Marta Recio
  • M. Mar Trigo
  • Marta Melgar
  • Baltasar Cabezudo
Original Paper


An aeropalynological study was carried out in the atmosphere of the city of Nerja (southern Spain) during a period of 4 years (2000–2003), using a Hirst type volumetric pollen trap. An annual pollen index of 59,750 grains, on average, was obtained with 80–85% of the total pollen recorded from February to May, with Pinus, Olea, Urticaceae, Cupressaceae, Quercus and Poaceae being the principal pollen producers in abundance order. A total of 29 pollen types that reached a 10-day mean equal to or greater than 1 grain of pollen per m3 of air is reflected in a pollen calendar. The results were compared with those obtained for nearby localities and a correlation analysis was made between the daily fluctuations of the main pollen types and total pollen, and meteorological parameters (temperature, rainfall and hours of sun). The daily, monthly and annual values reached by the most important pollen types from an allergenic point of view (Olea, Urticaceae and Poaceae) confirms Nerja as a high-risk locality for the residents and the numerous tourists who visit the area.


Nerja Southern Spain Pollen calendar Aerobiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Docampo
    • 1
  • Marta Recio
    • 1
  • M. Mar Trigo
    • 1
  • Marta Melgar
    • 1
  • Baltasar Cabezudo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of MalagaMalagaSpain

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