The AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network Species Classification is a standardised terms list of all pollen grains and fungal spores that are counted in Australia by pollen and spore monitoring sites affiliated with the AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network. This list developed by the NHMRC AusPollen Partnership (2016-2020; 1116107) assigns a unique code based on the family taxonomic level of classification, as it is the lowest level that can be confidently identified by light microscopy.
Airborne pollen samples were collected using a volumetric continuous flow impaction sampler (Burkard Manufacturing, UK), stained with fuchsin and counted by light microscopy according to best practice described in the Australian Airborne Pollen and Spore Monitoring Network Interim Standard and Protocols (Version 2, 14 September 2018) (Beggs, Davies et al. 2018).
The diversity of airborne pollen displayed was sourced from the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) meta data repositories generated by the Australian Aerobiology Working Party (Haberle et al., 2014), as well as from the site co-ordinators from the AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network. The diversity of the fungal spore families are inclusive of mould types counted in the 2014 paper “Outdoor fungi and child asthma health service attendances” (Tham et al. 2014).
The unique family codes assigned, have been applied to display the different pollen and fungal families that are counted by each AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network monitoring sites, which can be found on the National Maps (https://auspollen.edu.au/index.php/auspollensitesmap/).
- Beggs, P. J., Davies, J. M., Milic, A., et al. (2018). Australian Airborne Pollen and Spore Monitoring Network Interim Standard and Protocols. https://www.allergy.org.au/images/stories/pospapers/Australian_Pollen_and_Spore_Monitoring_Interim_Standard_and_Protocols_v2_14092018.pdf.
- Haberle S, Bowman D, Newnham R, et al. The macroecology of airborne pollen in Australian and New Zealand urban areas. PLoS One 2014, 9; e97925. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097925
- Tham R, Dharmage SC, Taylor PE, et al. Outdoor fungi and child asthma health service attendances. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 2014;25:439-49.
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