AEROMYCOFLORA AND ALLERGENIC FUNGAL SPORES: A REVIEWRitu Nandal, Seema Kumari and U.V.S. Teotia
Primary Biological Aerosol Particles (PBAPs)â are vast volumes present of the air particles that are made up mostly of fungal spores. Fungal spores are considered as most important aeroallergens and cause adverse effects on plant and human health. Aerobiological monitoring revealed that they are constantly present in the atmosphere, although their concentrations change depending on the weather and locations. In addition, the presence of vegetation and its dissemination between indoor and outdoor environments also affects the fungal spore densities. This review briefly discusses various spore sampling techniques and categorizes the significant spore types for their detrimental properties on crops. The general population and identification of the variables influencing their dispersal and growth is also discussed along with currently used techniques for predicting fungal spore concentrations.