Aerobiology studies airborne living organisms, their diversity, lifestyles, dependence and, at the same time, impact on the environment. Aerobiology has been defined as the ecology of the atmosphere.
Research on Aerobiology in ICTA-UAB consists in the study of the study of the diversity, levels and dynamics of pollen and fungal spores and their allergens in the air, the relationship with vegetation, meteorology, climate and atmospheric transport, and the application to the study of the climate change and to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the allergies and phytopathology. Recently we have incorporated the study of the airborne microfauna (arthropod fauna), enlarging the applications to the study of pathologies and plagues.
Entomology at ICTA-UAB forms part of the Research line ‘Aerobiology, Entomology, atmospheric transport and Health’, where it is mostly an applied Science, focusing on health issues related to insects and acari, these being at the same time affected by climate change. These arthropods can affect humans and animals (mosquitoes, biting midges, flies, lice, ticks…) as well as plants (several plant pests). Among them some are airborne, i.e. they are transported by wind currents from near/distant areas, as many allergens do; here entomology integrates with Aerobiology.
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