An Introduction to Aerobiology:  A Study of Airborne Pollen & Spores in Central Minnesota

A Hands-On Mini-Course



Stephen G. Saupe
Biology Department
PENGL 335; 363 2782

Course Description:
     The purpose of this course is to provide a format to learn about airborne allergens, pollen and spore biology, and how to measure/monitor pollen in the air.  In addition, you will participate in data collection/analysis for the CSB/SJU Center for Pollen Studies. 1 credit.

Class Meetings: 
            Our course will meet approximately 12 times during the cycle on days 3 & 5 at 4:10 pm unti about 5:10 pm on the dates indicated in the syllabus.  We will meet in PENGL in the seminar room, Bailey Herbarium, and/or Botany lab (PENGL 329).

Tentative Syllabus:

Date Topic

Jan 22 (W)

Introduction & Overview
26 (M) Pollen biology Structure, function, development

30 (F)

Lab Work:  Pollen Structure & Identification
Feb 3 (T) Spore biology Structure, function, development
9 (M) Lab Work:  Spore Structure & Identification; Front Page overview; Profile format
11 (W)

Work on pollen profile

19 (Th)

Work on mold profile


Spring Break

Mar 11 (Th)

Lab Work:  Making a pollen/mold count; Rotorod Sampler Operation & Data Analysis; Sample date signup

15 - 19

Sample Week 1 - pollen collection & analysis
22 - 26 Sample Week 2 - pollen collection & analysis
29 - Apr 2 Sample Week 3 data and sample analysis
6 (T) Discussion/review
13 - 16 Sample Week 4 - pollen collection & analysis
19 - 23 Sample Week 5 - pollen collection & analysis

:  To earn an "S" in the course you will:  (a) attend scheduled sessions; (b) prepare a pollen profile for the web; (c) prepare a mold spore profile for the web; (d) make 5 pollen/mold counts and post data to the web.

References:  The library is full of great literature on pollen biology.  In addition, much can be obtained on-line.  Check the Center for Pollen Studies for additional references and linksHere is a small sampling of some readily accessible materials: