An Introduction to Aerobiology: A Study of Airborne Pollen & Spores in Central Minnesota
A Hands-On Mini-Course
Stephen G. Saupe
PENGL 335; 363 – 2782
The purpose of this course is to provide a format to learn about airborne allergens, pollen and spore biology, and how to measure/monitor pollen in the air. In addition, you will participate in data collection/analysis for the CSB/SJU Center for Pollen Studies.
Our course will meet approximately 12 times during the cycle on days 3 & 5 at 4:10 pm unti about 5:10 pm on the dates indicated in the syllabus. We will meet in PENGL in the seminar room, Bailey Herbarium, and/or Botany lab (PENGL 329).
Jan 22 (W)
|Introduction & Overview|
|26 (M)||Pollen biology – Structure, function, development|
|Lab Work: Pollen Structure & Identification|
|Feb 3 (T)||Spore biology – Structure, function, development|
|9 (M)||Lab Work: Spore Structure & Identification; Front Page overview; Profile format|
Work on pollen profile
Work on mold profile
Mar 11 (Th)
Lab Work: Making a pollen/mold count; Rotorod Sampler Operation & Data Analysis; Sample date signup
15 - 19
|Sample Week 1 - pollen collection & analysis|
|22 - 26||Sample Week 2 - pollen collection & analysis|
|29 - Apr 2||Sample Week 3 – data and sample analysis|
|13 - 16||Sample Week 4 - pollen collection & analysis|
|19 - 23||Sample Week 5 - pollen collection & analysis|
Requirements/Assignments: To earn an "S" in the course you will: (a) attend scheduled sessions; (b) prepare a pollen profile for the web; (c) prepare a mold spore profile for the web; (d) make 5 pollen/mold counts and post data to the web.
References: The library is full of
great literature on pollen biology. In
addition, much can be obtained on-line.
Check the Center for Pollen Studies for
is a small sampling of some readily accessible materials:
J, Crompton, C, Parmelee, J (1978) An Atlas of Airborne Pollen Grains and
Common Fungus Spores of Canada. Canada
Department of Agriculture.
ST, Slesnick, IL (1983) The
beauty and biology of pollen.
Biology Teacher 45: 366 – 370.
P (1968) Pollen. Scientific
American 218: 80 – 90.
Faegri, K, van der Pijl (1976) The Principles of Pollination Ecology. 3rd Ed. Pergamon Press, NY.
DA, Johann, JL, ed.s (1995) An Introduction to Sampling and Identifying
Airborne Pollen and Fungus Spores. Multidata,
Inc, Minnetonka, MN.
DA, Murray, LW (1997) An atmospheric pollen survey conducted during the
winter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Grana 36: 245 – 248.
M (1986) Allergy Plants that Cause Sneezing and Wheezing.
World-Wide Printing, Tampa.
RO (1969) Pollen and spores. Wm.
C. Brown, Dubuque, IA.
RB (1979) Pollen and Allergy. Edward
WH, Vinay, P, Zenger, VE (1983) Airborne and Allergenic Pollen of North
America. Johns Hopkins
University Press, Baltimore.
M, Yeo, P, Lack, A. (1996 ) A
Natural History of Pollination. Timber
Press, Portland, OR.
Smith, EG (1990) Sampling and Identifying Allergenic Pollens and Molds. Blewstone Press, San Antonio, TX.