Airborne Pollen of Corylus in the Danube–Kris–Mures–Tisa Euroregion

Predrag Radišić1, Branko Šikoparija1, Miklós Juhász2, and Nikoleta Ianovici3

1 Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro
2 Department of Botany, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
3 Department of Biology, West University of Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania

Corresponding author: MS Predrag Radišić
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CEJOEM 2004, Vol.10. No.1.: 35–40

Key words:
Corylus, hazel, pollen season, allergy

Corylus (hazel) pollen is considered to be an important aeroallergen and its appearing in the atmosphere indicates the beginning of the aeropollen season in the observed region. The aim of this study was to present and compare the profiles of the hazel pollen season in three cities of the Danube–Kris–Mures–Tisa Euroregion, in order to furnish a basis for the future forecasting model. Novi Sad (Serbia and Montenegro), Szeged (Hungary), and Timişoara (Romania) are regularly monitoring aeropollen concentrations using Hirst-type pollen and spore traps. This study compared dates of the onset of pollen season, the durations of pollen season and the periods when the pollen concentration reached critical values for the years 2000–2002. It was found that the hazel pollen season started earlier in Novi Sad and Szeged than in Timişoara. The average duration of the hazel pollen season amounted to 61 days in Novi Sad and 49 and 28 days in Szeged and Timişoara, respectively. The maximum pollen concentration was reached in 2002, in all of the three cities. The period when the concentration reached critical values lasted only for a few days and it was a prominent feature of the hazel pollen season.

Received: 4 August 2003
Accepted: 6 February 2004

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