MACNBR   00242
MUSEO ARGENTINO DE CIENCIAS NATURALES "BERNARDINO RIVADAVIA"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
artículos
Título:
Comparative study of different methods for capturing airborne pollen, and effects of vegetation and meteorological variables
Autor/es:
LATORRE, F., E. J. ROMERO Y M. V. MANCINI
Revista:
Aerobiologia
Editorial:
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Referencias:
Lugar: Netherlands; Año: 2008 vol. 24 p. 107 - 107
Resumen:
Abstract The atmosphere of Mar del Plata city (Argentina) was monitored using three different pollen traps—Burkard, Rotorod, and Tauber—during a flowering season (mid-winter to springtime) in order to compare the diversity and amounts of pollen grains collected in each trap. Sixty three percent of taxa diversity was simultaneously recorded by all three apparatuses. The five most abundant types of pollen in the three traps were Platanus, Ulmus, Quercus, Poaceae, and Fraxinus. The Tauber trap contained the most pollen from taxa with the largest grains, and exclusively trapped ten pollen types with entomophilous characteristics. The amount of pollen in each trap and local/extra-local plant abundance were compared to elucidate the effect of the method used on the pollen–vegetation relationship. The correlation coefficients for total pollen were positive and significant between all pairs of traps. The maximum peak was observed first in the Burkard trap, in agreement with an increase in temperature, but the general pattern in the three traps was similar, with a maximum in early spring. Opposite deviations from the mean value were observed for the Burkard and Tauber data; these deviations were associated negatively with wind speed and relative humidity, respectively. This paper discusses whether in some cases the pollen records could be used in an equivalent manner, although with some limitations. Key words Plant-abundance representation _ Volumetric and gravimetric pollen traps The atmosphere of Mar del Plata city (Argentina) was monitored using three different pollen traps—Burkard, Rotorod, and Tauber—during a flowering season (mid-winter to springtime) in order to compare the diversity and amounts of pollen grains collected in each trap. Sixty three percent of taxa diversity was simultaneously recorded by all three apparatuses. The five most abundant types of pollen in the three traps were Platanus, Ulmus, Quercus, Poaceae, and Fraxinus. The Tauber trap contained the most pollen from taxa with the largest grains, and exclusively trapped ten pollen types with entomophilous characteristics. The amount of pollen in each trap and local/extra-local plant abundance were compared to elucidate the effect of the method used on the pollen–vegetation relationship. The correlation coefficients for total pollen were positive and significant between all pairs of traps. The maximum peak was observed first in the Burkard trap, in agreement with an increase in temperature, but the general pattern in the three traps was similar, with a maximum in early spring. Opposite deviations from the mean value were observed for the Burkard and Tauber data; these deviations were associated negatively with wind speed and relative humidity, respectively. This paper discusses whether in some cases the pollen records could be used in an equivalent manner, although with some limitations. Key words Plant-abundance representation _ Volumetric and gravimetric pollen traps