Airborne Algae: Their Abundance and Heterogeneity

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Science  07 Feb 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3606, pp. 583-585
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3606.583


The literature on the occurrence of airborne algae is reviewed briefly. Airborne algae were isolated into culture in both quantity and diversity. Qualitative experiments and culture techniques are discussed, as are quantitative sampling techniques and preliminary correlations of the occurrence of algae, fungi, and pollen in the air. The data disclose an important pathway for the dispersion of soil algae and support an observation that algae may be important as causal agents in inhalant allergies.