Using spectral analysis and fluorescence lifetimes to discriminate between grass and tree pollen for aerobiological applications

David J. O'Connor, Pierre Lovera, Daniela Iacopino, Alan O'Riordan, David A. Healy, John R. Sodeau
  • Analytical Methods, January 2014, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • DOI: 10.1039/c3ay41093e

Real-time analysis of airborne pollen

What is it about?

This paper helps to develop a strategy for discriminating between pollen of various types found in the air. It is based on the measurement of light emission from a variety of biochemicals (including chlorophyll) that are found in pollen (and spores and bacteria).

Why is it important?

Ireland currently makes no pollen count measurements of its own because of the labour-intensive methods required. However the approach studied here could make the task considerably easier. Hence the general public could be provided with on the spot information rather than waiting for several days for the analysis of count data gathered in UK.

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