Airborne Fungi and Actinomycetes Concentrations in the Air of Eskisehir City (Turkey)


Asan A., Ilhan S. , Sen B., Erkara I., Filik C. , Cabuk A., ...More

Indoor and Built Environment, vol.13, no.1, pp.63-74, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1420326x04033843
  • Title of Journal : Indoor and Built Environment
  • Page Numbers: pp.63-74

Abstract

The present study investigated the isolation and identification of airborne fungi from three different urban stations located in Eskisehir (Turkey). Air samples were taken by exposing a Petri dish with Rose-Bengal streptomycin agar medium for 15 min and after incubation the number of growing colonies was counted. The sampling procedure for fungi was performed 35 times at the research stations weekly between March and November 2001. A total of 2518 fungal and 465 actinomycetes colonies were counted on 420 Petri plates over a nine-month period. In total, some 20 mould species belonging to 12 genera were isolated. Alternaria alternata, Cladosporium cladosporioides and Scopulariopsis brevicaulis were the most abundant species in the study area (13.66, 5.80 and 5.50% of the total, respectively). Relationships between fungal spore numbers, aerosol air pollutants (that is the particulate matter in the air) and sulphur dioxide together with the meteorological conditions were examined using statistical analysis. Number of fungi and actinomycetes were tested by multivariate analysis (MANOVA) according to the areas and months. Fungal numbers were non-significant according to the areas and months (p>0.05), but the number of actinomycetes recorded was significant (p<0.01).