Bioaerosols in the environment

Populations, measurement and processes

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Abstract

Biological aerosols can be comprised of bacteria, fungal spores, hyphae pollen, algae, proteins, viruses and fragments of the above. They can have wide-ranging impacts from human disease and allergies to potential impacts on the water cycle by acting as cloud condensation or ice nuclei. Characterization of these populations is desirable to understand which species are important to the variety of impacts. Efforts to characterize these populations of biological particles have used methods such as culture, characterization of nucleic acids and proteins and real-time methods using spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. All characterization methods have limitations and complications that must be considered. Biological particles in the atmosphere can be changed by atmospheric chemical processes in ways that affect their measurement by all the above methods and can affect their viability. The roles of biological aerosols, particularly bacteria, viruses and fungi, in the atmosphere and how they are measured are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationToxicology, Survival and Health Hazards of Combustion Products
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Pages219-247
Number of pages29
Edition25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameIssues in Toxicology
Number25
Volume2016-January
ISSN (Print)1757-7179
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7187

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Aerosols
Viruses
Bacteria
Atmosphere
Population
Allergies
Water Cycle
Chemical Phenomena
Ice
Algae
Fungi
Nucleic Acids
Fungal Spores
Mass spectrometry
Hyphae
Condensation
Proteins
Pollen
Spectroscopy
Mass Spectrometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Santarpia, J. L. (2016). Bioaerosols in the environment: Populations, measurement and processes. In Toxicology, Survival and Health Hazards of Combustion Products (25 ed., pp. 219-247). (Issues in Toxicology; Vol. 2016-January, No. 25). Royal Society of Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781849737913-00219

Bioaerosols in the environment : Populations, measurement and processes. / Santarpia, Joshua L.

Toxicology, Survival and Health Hazards of Combustion Products. 25. ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016. p. 219-247 (Issues in Toxicology; Vol. 2016-January, No. 25).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Santarpia, JL 2016, Bioaerosols in the environment: Populations, measurement and processes. in Toxicology, Survival and Health Hazards of Combustion Products. 25 edn, Issues in Toxicology, no. 25, vol. 2016-January, Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 219-247. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781849737913-00219
Santarpia JL. Bioaerosols in the environment: Populations, measurement and processes. In Toxicology, Survival and Health Hazards of Combustion Products. 25 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016. p. 219-247. (Issues in Toxicology; 25). https://doi.org/10.1039/9781849737913-00219
Santarpia, Joshua L. / Bioaerosols in the environment : Populations, measurement and processes. Toxicology, Survival and Health Hazards of Combustion Products. 25. ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016. pp. 219-247 (Issues in Toxicology; 25).
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