Analysis of airborne pollen fall in Balikesir, Turkey, 1996-1997.

Bicakci A. , Akyalcin H.

Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine : AAEM, vol.7, no.1, pp.5-10, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Title of Journal : Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine : AAEM
  • Page Numbers: pp.5-10
  • Keywords: Turkey, Balikesir, pollen, pollen calendar, MEDITERRANEAN AREA, ALLERGY, POLLINOSIS


In this study, pollen grains were identified by use of Durham sampler in the atmosphere of Balikesir in 1996 and 1997. During these two years, a total of 17,256 pollen grains per cm(2) were recorded. A total of 8,576 pollen grains per cm(2) were identified in 1996 and a total of 8.680 pollen grains per cm(2) in 1997. Pollen fall in the years 1996-1997 comprised grains belonging to 50 taxa and unidentified pollen grains. Of these 50 taxa. 30 belonged to arboreal and 20 to non-arboreal plants. Total pollen grains consisted of 70.92% grains from arboreal plants, 24.87% grains from non-arboreal plants and 4.21% unidentified pollen grains. In the region investigated, Pinsrs spp., Cupressaceae/Taxaceae. Gramineae, Platanus spp., Quercus spp., Olea spp., Salix spp., Urticaceae. Moraceae, Plantago spp., Chenopodinceae/Amaranthaceae, Ailanthus spp., Juglans spp., Carpinus spp. and Rosaceae released the greatest amounts of pollens. During the study period, the pollen fall reached its highest level in May.