Aerobiological research

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Aerobiology (from the Greek word ἀήρ, aē for air; βίος, bios for life; and -λογία, for science) is a branch of biology that studies bioorganic particles that passively travel through the air. These particles include bacteria, fungal spores, very small insects, pollen, viruses and other aeroplankton.

In Lithuania, long-term aerobiological studies have been conducted by a group of scientists and researchers from the Department of Environmental Research at the Šiauliai University Faculty of Technology and Natural Science.

The development of aerobiological science has been spurred on by the increasing allergenic impact of pollen and other airborne particles on human beings. This is why aerobiologists try to assess the impact of aeroplankton (especially pollen) on the population, as well as studying the needs and requirements of the stakeholder community in order to distribute the information they have accumulated as widely and accurately as possible. A lot of attention is focused on preparing different levels of information about the spread of pollen to individuals affected by pollen allergies.

Pollen and other airborne biological particles migrate with no regard for state borders or international agreements. Aerobiology is a rapidly developing science that draws upon research from the fields of biology, meteorology, atmospheric physics and medicine, and is a constant collaborative effort between specialists from all of these fields. In their attempts to understand pollen distribution and migration phenomena better, aerobiologists come together in cooperative organisations, where they gather in meetings and conferences to address pertinent issues of science and practice.