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how are pollen counts done?

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Dr. Stephen Kimura
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Collect, microscope.: Pollen counting involves collecting the pollens and molds on specialized rods, or in special traps. These counters measure a set volume of air over a period of time. The rods are stained and examined under a microscope. Pollens have different characteristics that allow experts to label them as grasses, trees or weeds. Mold spores tend to stain differently and can also be identified.
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
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Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
A couple ways: 1.A silicone grease-covered rod, rotated in the air to collect the pollen. The rod is then removed and taken to a lab where pollen s analyzed and measured. 2. Burkard Trap, This device faces towards the wind and draws in air by using a pump. Pollen particles drawn in are then trapped by a sticky wax film that is attached to a rotating drum. The drum slowly rotates and pollen is analyzed.
Answered on Jun 15, 2019

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