Pollen Collection and Counting

  • Jae-Won Oh


Air sampling has been used since the nineteenth century to examine the bioaerosol composition of the atmosphere. The early history of aerobiology and the development of air samplers have been thoroughly reviewed in several publications [1–5]. Allergists have used aeroallergen information to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and to determine pollen calendars for their geographic areas. The air sampling data have also been used in the medical community to determine the effects of allergen exposure on patient symptoms and to evaluate clinical trials. Airborne particles can be collected passively by gravity as well as with specific instruments that actively sample the atmosphere through impaction, impingement, filtration, or other methods that provide volumetric samples (Table 3.1) [2, 6–11].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jae-Won Oh
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of PediatricsHanyang University College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea

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