Asthma Allergy Immunology

Asthma Allergy Immunology

2009, Vol 7, Num, 3     (Pages: 133-146)

Allergenic airborne Olea (olive) and Fraxinus (ash) pollen concentrations belonging to the Oleaceae family in Turkey

Adem BIÇAKÇI 1, Mustafa Kemal ALTUNOĞLU 1, Aycan TOSUNOĞLU 1, Sevcan ÇELENK 1, Yakup CANITEZ 2, Hulusi MALYER 1, Nihat SAPAN 2,

1 Uludağ Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, Bursa, Türkiye
2 Uludağ Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Çocuk Allerji Bilim Dalı, Bursa, Türkiye

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One of the most important allergens causing allergic diseases of the respiratory system is airborne tree, grass and weed pollen grains. Oleaceae family members are very important in tree pollen grains. In this study, airborne pollen studies were carried out in Turkey, and the monthly changes in Olea and Fraxinus pollens rates for 55 regions were evaluated. In the studies carried out, the highest Fraxinus pollen grains were recorded in spring, and Olea pollen grains were recorded in late spring and early summer. According to atmospheric pollen studies, although Fraxinus pollen grains were found in more regions than Olea, more Olea pollen grains were recorded than of Fraxinus.

Keywords : Olea, Fraxinus, pollen, hypersensitivity