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 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Journal Name: Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine : AAEM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.5-10
  • Keywords: Turkey, Balikesir, pollen, pollen calendar, MEDITERRANEAN AREA, ALLERGY, POLLINOSIS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


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.