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Current pollen risk in Canberra

Grass Pollen Risk
week ending 30th Oct 2007

Atmospheric pollen trends during Oct 2007

  • Grass pollen reaches moderate to high levels
    from 18th-30th Oct
  • 19th and 28th Oct the highest allergenic days
    (grass pollen + fungal spores)
  • Birch and Oak pollen season ends on the 9th Oct
  • Alternaria spores (allergenic fungus) increase after
    the 25th Oct despite rainfall events reducing total
    pollen concentration in the atmosphere


  • climate data from Bureua of Meteorology
  • high dust days = days registering periods of particle counts > 20000grains/m3/hr
    (visible semi-opaque area on sample tape)

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Sept 07; Sept-Oct 07; Oct 07; Oct-Nov 07; Nov 07; Dec 07

Grass pollen allergy
forecast categories
1 - 30
50 - 149
Very High
*Most sufferers will start to experience symptoms when the count (grains/m3 of air) reaches the moderate category (from NPARU, UK )
ANU participants
Dr Simon Haberle (RMAP)
Dr Janelle Stevenson (ANH)
Feli Hopf (ANH)
Ben Keaney (ANH)
Dr Mat Prebble (ANH)
Ivan Hanigan (NCEPH)
Prof Janette Lindesay (Fenner)
Prof Marjan Kljakovic (MedSc)
Contact information:
Simon Haberle
Tel: +61 (0)2 6125 3373
Fax: +61 (0)2 6125 4917
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