Aerobiologia

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 277–288 | Cite as

Airborne pollen in the El-Hadjar town (Algeria NE)

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Abstract

The diversity of airborne pollen grains in El-Hadjar town (northeast Algeria) was measured for 1 year, from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, by means of the gravimetric method using Durham apparatus. The total number of pollen grains/cm2 was calculated from slides that were changed daily. This aerobiological study documented the air concentration of pollen from 50 taxa, where 28 belonged to arboreal and 22 to non-arboreal taxa. The percentage of pollen from arboreal and non-arboreal taxa was 56 and 44 %, respectively. From the list, the major collected taxa causing allergy in humans dominant in the Mediterranean area were Cupressaceae (14.86 %), Olea sp. (7.18 %), Casuarina sp. (6.44 %), and Fraxinus sp. (3.83 %) among arboreal plants, whereas for the non-arboreal plants Poaceae (23.20 %), Mercurialis sp. (12.58 %), Plantago sp. (1.69 %), Urticaceae (0.95 %), and Chenopodiaceae (0.85 %). The highest pollen counts occurred in the period from February to April. The pollen calendar for the region presented in this paper may be a useful tool for allergologists and botanical awareness.

Keywords

Pollen calendar Pollen allergy Aerobiology Airborne pollen Algeria 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Vegetal Biology and Environment (LBVE), Department of Biology, Faculty of SciencesBadji Mokhtar UniversityAnnabaAlgeria

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