Ragweed pollen concentration in the function of meteorological elements in the south-eastern part of Hungary

Vitányi, Béla: Ragweed pollen concentration in the function of meteorological elements in the south-eastern part of Hungary. Acta climatologica, (36-37). pp. 121-131. (2003)

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About 30 % of the Hungarian population has some type of allergy, 65 % of them have pollensensitivity, and at least 60 % of this pollen-sensitivity is caused by ragweed. Number of patients with registered allergic illnesses doubled and number of cases of allergic asthma became four times higher by the late 1990s in Southern Hungary comparing to those in 1960s. The short (or common) ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia = Ambrosia elatior) has the most aggressive pollen of all. Clinical investigations prove that its allergenic pollen is the main reason of the most massive, most serious and most long-lasting pollinosis. The aim of the study is to analyse how ragweed pollen concentration is influenced by meteorological elements in a medium-sized city, Szeged, Southern Hungary. The data basis consists of daily ragweed pollen counts and averages of 11 meteorological parameters for the five-year daily data set, 1997-2001. The southern part of the Great Hungarian Plain (Szeged) is the most polluted region with ragweed pollen, not only in the Carpathian basin itself but in Europe and even worldwide, too. Both starting date (between June 20 and July 13) and finishing date (between October 11-29) of the pollination period vary widely. Duration, average daily count, total count and counts on peak days show definite increasing trends, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Acta climatologica
Date: 2003
Volume: 36-37
Page Range: pp. 121-131
ISSN: 0563-0614
Language: angol
Uncontrolled Keywords: Földrajztudomány
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 130. p.; Összefoglalás; Summary
Date Deposited: 2016. Oct. 15. 14:10
Last Modified: 2018. Jun. 04. 13:19
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/16879

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