Evaluation of four bioaerosol samplers in the outdoor environment
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
B R CageJ Portnoy
A comparative evaluation of four air samplers was performed using bioaerosol collection in the outdoor environment. Test samplers used included a Rotorod, a Kramer-Collins suction trap, an all-glass impinger (AGI-30), and a high-volume cyclonic liquid impinger (SpinCon). All samples were analyzed microscopically for spores and pollen. The two collectors providing a liquid sample (AGI-30 and SpinCon) also were analyzed for specific allergen content by enzyme-linked immunoassay. The SpinCon collected a larger number of spores than the other devices. The number of spores collected by this unit per volume of air sampled was comparable to the AGI-30. The Rotorod and Kramer-Collins collected a lower number of spores per unit of air but collected a larger number of pollen grains per volume sampled. Alternaria allergens Alt a I and GP70 were collected by both liquid impingers; however, the SpinCon collected more Alt a I and the AGI-30 collected more GP70. The SpinCon is a device that is capable of efficiently sampling a high volume of air and concentrating it in a form that can be analyzed for the presence of spores and fungal allergens. It is less useful for collecting intact pollen grains. Pollen allergen quantitation has not yet bee...Continue Reading
Apr 25, 2008·Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology·I Leonard BernsteinUNKNOWN American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
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