Utilization of aerobiological, phenological and phytogeographical data in allergology
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The practical aim of our research work was to point out the advantages of a deeper knowledge of botanical data in allergology. Aerobiological monitoring is not enough for an analysis of the formation and development of pollen rain. The following emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary studies in the approach to the pollinosis problem: — A phytogeographical study in the area investigated has made it possible a) to ascertain the correlation between aerobiological and phytogeographical data and to understand the reasons of some of the discordances, b) to select an allergen panel for testing including pollens of species peculiar to that particular region; a more accurate appreciation of the distribution of different allergenic pollen source areas in the light of local meteorological conditions, will be an excellent guideline for the interpretation and prediction of symptoms in allergic patients. — A phenological checking of the flowering period on location for allergenic species in the area next to the sampling station has made it possible to assess the flowering interval and peak for each species and to attribute the responsibility for the pollen and symptom peaks to a particular species within the same family at a specific moment. The above data are the basis and sometimes the only support available for the interpretation of aerobiological data.
Key wordsphenology phytogeography pollen
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