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Aeroallergens of plant origin: molecular basis and aerobiological significance

EK Ong, MB Singh, RB Knox

Aerobiologia | Published : 1995


This review presents an update on the sources and molecular basis of aeroallergens of plants, derived from pollen, seeds, leaf and stem detritus and their protein molecules. These aeroallergens are a natural component of the atmosphere, either because of their natural function or human activity. Pollen is a source of allergens within the 10-200 μm size range, and while most allergenic pollen types account for only 20-30% of total annual pollen catch, during their flowering season, they are usually the dominant type. Tree pollen commences the season in winter, with birch pollen counts in Scandinavia being the highest daily pollen counts yet reported and a major allergen, a 14-kDa protein, whi..

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