Aerobiologia

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 227–232

UK regional variations in Betula pollen (1993–1997)

  • Julie Corden*
  • Wendy Millington
  • John Bailey
  • Marion Brookes
  • Eric Caulton
  • Jean Emberlin
  • John Mullins
  • Caroline Simpson
  • Andrew Wood
Article

Abstract

Betula pollen is known to be an importantaeroallergen in Europe and the UK, with very largequantities of pollen released into the air at theheight of the season, making it the most abundant treepollen present in the UK spring air.There has been long term pollen monitoring in Cardiff,Derby and London but in recent years the number ofregional sites has increased.Seven sites throughout the UK have monitoredBetula pollen using Burkard samplers for the period1993–1997 and for this study regionaldifferences in Betula pollen and climate wereinvestigated.Detailed analysis revealed considerable variation inthe start dates, duration and quantityof Betula pollen for the seven UK sitesthroughout the five year period.These regional variations in Betula pollenduration and intensity of season, indicate theimportance of maintaining sites throughout the UK asan aid to clinicians, researchers and the generalpublic.

Betula pollen regional season 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Corden*
    • 1
  • Wendy Millington
    • 2
  • John Bailey
    • 3
  • Marion Brookes
    • 4
  • Eric Caulton
    • 5
  • Jean Emberlin
    • 6
  • John Mullins
    • 4
  • Caroline Simpson
    • 7
  • Andrew Wood
    • 8
  1. 1.Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research AssociationDerbyUK (author for correspondence: e-mail:
  2. 2.Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research AssociationDerbyUK
  3. 3.Leicester UniversityLeicesterUK
  4. 4.Sully Hospital, PenarthCardiffUK
  5. 5.Scottish Centre for Pollen StudiesEdinburghUK
  6. 6.Pollen Research UnitWorcesterUK
  7. 7.Belfast Pollen UnitBelfastUK
  8. 8.Taunton Dean Environmental Health OfficeTauntonUK

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