Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand

Medek, Danielle E., Beggs, Paul J., Erbas, Bircan, Jaggard, Alison K., Campbell, Bradley C., Vicendese, Don, Johnston, Fay H., Godwin, Ian, Huete, Alfredo R., Green, Brett J., Burton, Pamela K., Bowman, David M. J. S., Newnham, Rewi M., Katelaris, Constance H., Haberle, Simon G., Newbigin, Ed and Davies, Janet M. (2016) Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand. Aerobiologia, 32 2: 289-302. doi:10.1007/s10453-015-9399-x

Author Medek, Danielle E.
Beggs, Paul J.
Erbas, Bircan
Jaggard, Alison K.
Campbell, Bradley C.
Vicendese, Don
Johnston, Fay H.
Godwin, Ian
Huete, Alfredo R.
Green, Brett J.
Burton, Pamela K.
Bowman, David M. J. S.
Newnham, Rewi M.
Katelaris, Constance H.
Haberle, Simon G.
Newbigin, Ed
Davies, Janet M.
Title Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand
Journal name Aerobiologia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0393-5965
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10453-015-9399-x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 289
End page 302
Total pages 14
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject 2723 Immunology and Allergy
2403 Immunology
1110 Plant Science
Abstract Although grass pollen is widely regarded as the major outdoor aeroallergen source in Australia and New Zealand (NZ), no assemblage of airborne pollen data for the region has been previously compiled. Grass pollen count data collected at 14 urban sites in Australia and NZ over periods ranging from 1 to 17 years were acquired, assembled and compared, revealing considerable spatiotemporal variability. Although direct comparison between these data is problematic due to methodological differences between monitoring sites, the following patterns are apparent. Grass pollen seasons tended to have more than one peak from tropics to latitudes of 37°S and single peaks at sites south of this latitude. A longer grass pollen season was therefore found at sites below 37°S, driven by later seasonal end dates for grass growth and flowering. Daily pollen counts increased with latitude; subtropical regions had seasons of both high intensity and long duration. At higher latitude sites, the single springtime grass pollen peak is potentially due to a cooler growing season and a predominance of pollen from C grasses. The multiple peaks at lower latitude sites may be due to a warmer season and the predominance of pollen from C grasses. Prevalence and duration of seasonal allergies may reflect the differing pollen seasons across Australia and NZ. It must be emphasized that these findings are tentative due to limitations in the available data, reinforcing the need to implement standardized pollen-monitoring methods across Australasia. Furthermore, spatiotemporal differences in grass pollen counts indicate that local, current, standardized pollen monitoring would assist with the management of pollen allergen exposure for patients at risk of allergic rhinitis and asthma.
Keyword Aerobiology
Grass pollen
New Zealand
Plant distribution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID CC999999
Institutional Status UQ

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