Assessment of bioaerosols in indoor air of glasshouses located in a botanical garden

J. Kozdrój , Krzysztof Frączek , Dariusz Ropek


Plants, like humans and pets, can be regarded as significant sources of airborne bacteria and fungi in different indoor environments. Especially abundant collection of distinct vegetation can be found in glasshouses of botanical gardens. However, bioaerosol concentrations, particle size distribution and species composition have not been studied in these facilities. Hence, the indoor air of glasshouses in a botanical garden was sampled with regard to bioaerosol quantitative and qualitative characteristics in comparison to those of the garden outdoor and adjacent street air. Both in winter and summer sampling times, higher concentrations of airborne bacteria and fungi were ascertained in the glasshouses compared to those detected at the outdoor sites. The respirable fraction of microorganisms prevailed, showing distinct contribution of fine bioaerosol particles in size below 4.7 μm (≤2.1 μm for bacteria in winter), within the indoor air. Distinct plant or soil derived bacteria and fungi, with the presence of potentially hazardous and allergenic agents, were identified in this environment. The results indicate that different plants, assembled in the closed area as the garden glasshouses, significantly affect the indoor air quality. The garden workers and visitors should be aware of higher exposure to bioaerosols in these facilities than in the outdoor air.
Author J. Kozdrój
J. Kozdrój,,
, Krzysztof Frączek (FoAaE / DoM)
Krzysztof Frączek,,
- Department of Microbiology
, Dariusz Ropek (FoAE / DoAEP)
Dariusz Ropek,,
- Department of Agricultural Environment Protection
Journal seriesBuilding and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, e-ISSN 1873-684X, (N/A 200 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Article number106436
Keywords in EnglishAir quality, Airborne microorganisms, Glasshouse plants, Indoor environment, MALDI-TOF, Particle fractions
ASJC Classification3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2205 Civil and Structural Engineering; 2215 Building and Construction; 2305 Environmental Engineering
Internal identifierWRE/2019/88
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
Assessment of bioaerosols in indoor air of glasshouses located in a botanical garden of 10-02-2020
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 2.198; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.82 (2) - 2018=5.379 (5)
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FinansowanieThe study was performed due to the financial support by resources committed for sustaining a scientific potential in the respective university departments.
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