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Mapping allergenic pollen vegetation in UK to study environmental exposure and human health

Overview of attention for article published in Science of the Total Environment, December 2017
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Title
Mapping allergenic pollen vegetation in UK to study environmental exposure and human health
Published in
Science of the Total Environment, December 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.136
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Authors

Rachel N. McInnes, Deborah Hemming, Peter Burgess, Donna Lyndsay, Nicholas J. Osborne, Carsten Ambelas Skjøth, Sam Thomas, Sotiris Vardoulakis

Abstract

Allergenic pollen is produced by the flowers of a number of trees, grasses and weeds found throughout the UK. Exposure to such pollen grains can exacerbate pollen-related asthma and allergenic conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Maps showing the location of these allergenic taxa have many applications: they can be used to provide advice on risk assessments; combined with health data to inform research on health impacts such as respiratory hospital admissions; combined with weather data to improve pollen forecasting systems; or as inputs to pollen emission models. In this study we present 1km resolution maps of 12 taxa of trees, grass and weeds found in the UK. We have selected the main species recorded by the UK pollen network. The taxa mapped in this study were: Alnus (alder), Fraxinus (ash), Betula (birch), Corylus (hazel), Quercus (oak), Pinus (pine) and Salix (willow), Poaceae (grass), Artemisia (mugwort), Plantago (plantain), Rumex (dock, sorrels) and Urtica (nettle). We also focus on one high population centre and present maps showing local level detail around the city of London. Our results show the different geographical distributions of the 12 taxa of trees, weeds and grass, which can be used to study plants in the UK associated with allergy and allergic asthma. These maps have been produced in order to study environmental exposure and human health, although there are many possible applications. This novel method not only provides maps of many different plant types, but also at high resolution across regions of the UK, and we uniquely present 12 key plant taxa using a consistent methodology. To consider the impact on human health due to exposure of the pollen grains, it is important to consider the timing of pollen release, and its dispersal, as well as the effect on air quality, which is also discussed here.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 130 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 19%
Researcher 20 15%
Student > Master 17 13%
Student > Bachelor 10 8%
Student > Postgraduate 5 4%
Other 20 15%
Unknown 33 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 26 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 15%
Engineering 9 7%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 8 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 4%
Other 19 15%
Unknown 43 33%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 148. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 March 2021.
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#155,590
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Outputs from Science of the Total Environment
#114
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#4,750
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Outputs of similar age from Science of the Total Environment
#2
of 143 outputs
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