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Short, medium and long range transported airborne particles in viability and antigenicity analyses

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It is no longer enough that aerobiologists identify pollen grains and fugal spores under the microscope. They are expected to serve as well allergologists, who want to known about the concentrations of various allergens in the air samples, as meteorologists, who need to know about the frequency of primary biological aerosols, which may act in radiative forcing of the atmosphere. Methods utilized by the aerobiologists vary from immunochemical analyses, culture and germination to infecting host plants with certain pathogens. Difficulties to separate between short, medium and long range transport of airborne particles on the basis of their viability are discussed.

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Rantio-Lehtimäki, A. Short, medium and long range transported airborne particles in viability and antigenicity analyses. Aerobiologia 10, 175–181 (1994).

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