Thirty-four years of pollen monitoring: an evaluation of the temporal variation of pollen seasons in Belgium

Last updated on 22-3-2019 by Nicolas Bruffaerts

Peer reviewed scientific article

English

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Abstract:

For the first time in Belgium, fluctuations in airborne pollen quantities over a 34 years period have been analyzed. Seven pollen types have been selected comprising the most clinically relevant in Belgium nowadays (birch, alder, hazel and grasses) and others that are known to be allergenic in other European countries and frequently found in Belgium (plane, ash and mugwort). Pollen monitoring was performed with a seven-day recording volumetric spore trap placed in Brussels. We measured increasing airborne pollen for four trees, namely alder, hazel, ash and plane. Although the total pol…

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