Prevalence of airborne basidiospores in three coastal cities of Saudi Arabia
Source: Aerobiologia, Volume 21, Number 2, June 2005 , pp. 139-145(7)
Abstract:Seasonal and diurnal variations of airborne basidiomycetous spores concentrations (basidiospores, smuts and rust spores) were studied using Burkard Volumetric Spore Traps in three major coastal cities viz., Dammam, Jeddah and Jizan in Saudi Arabia. The distance between the sites was approximately 1600 km from East to West. In addition to numerous airborne deuteromycetous spores identified at all sites, a considerable concentration of basidiomycetous spores were also recorded. The data revealed that basidiospores constituted a maximum of 17% of the total air spora in Jizan, while the maximum for Dammam and Jeddah was 11% each. Spores from smuts constituted the highest percentages of all basidiosmycetous spores ranging between 933% and 1233% respectively in Dammam and Jizan. In Jeddah, it constituted between 1426%. In contrast, rusts were less frequent at all sites. Maximum concentration of basidiospores showed that at certain months the level reached between 10006000 m-3. The data did not exhibit any seasonal pattern in their maximum appearance. Maximum concentration of smuts were much higher compared to basidiospores and the level fluctuated between 5004000 m-3. Rusts were low in concentration (<150 m-3). The diurnal pattern of basidiospores concentration for at least one site (Jizan) averaged over the year showed a nocturnal trend consistent with basidiospores active discharge. The other two sites had no such trend. Diel periodicities of smuts and rusts spores did not exhibit any clear pattern. The study suggests that even in coastal regions having the same climatic conditions with a slightly different geography, show variation in basidiospores concentrations.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological and Medical Reasearch (MBC-O3), King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, P.O. Box 3354, Riyadh, 11211, Saudi Arabia, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 3: Department of Biological and Medical Reasearch (MBC-O3), King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, P.O. Box 3354, Riyadh, 11211, Saudi Arabia,
Publication date: 2005-06-01