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1.4 CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Fungal spores make up a significant portion of Primary Biological Aerosol Particles (PBAPs) with large quantities of such particles noted in the air. Fungal particles are of interest because of their potential to affect the health of both plants and humans. They are omnipresent in the atmosphere year-round, with concentrations varying due to meteorological parameters and location. Equally, differences between indoor and outdoor fungal spore concentrations and dispersal play an important role in occupational health. This review attempts to summarise the different spore sampling methods, identify the most important spore types in terms of negative effects on crops and the public, the factors affecting their growth/dispersal, and different methods of predicting fungal spore concentrations currently in use.
Martinez-Bracero M, Markey E, Clancy JH, McGillicuddy EJ, Sewell G, O’Connor DJ. Airborne Fungal Spore Review, New Advances and Automatisation. Atmosphere. 2022; 13(2):308. DOI: 10.3390/atmos13020308
Environmental Protection Agency