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Canadian system for outdoor air monitoring


Aerobiology Research was first formed in 1994 to collect outdoor air samples and report on pollen and fungal spore levels. We started with 12 sites across Canada and now have 30 where samples are gathered and our laboratory analysis is &hellip Continue reading

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Fall and Winter Allergies

inky cap mushrooms

Well, the outdoor allergy season is almost over and we will soon be finished doing collections and providing information to the public through our reports that we produce. The pollen in the air is generally at low levels or even &hellip Continue reading

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A Symbiont Betrays Its Host

Figure 1. A potato aphid giving birth.

It came as a surprise to me recently to realize how much is known about the immune responses of plants and, moreover, how much there is to know. There is, I found, detailed molecular information about how our botanical cousins defend themselves &hellip Continue reading

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What’s next for the allergy season?

Coprinus pseudoniveus - an inkcap

This cold spring brought a late season for the trees but this does not have any impact on what is going to happen in August and the fall for outdoor pollen and mold spores. There are many weeds that cause &hellip Continue reading

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How Celiac Disease Affects The Digestive System


Celiac disease is a condition that affects the digestive systems of many individuals all over the world, and in this article, the goal is to explain it in a way that anyone can understand what’s really happening. We might even &hellip Continue reading

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The pollen season for 2014 – a Pollen Vortex?

Populus (Poplar)

I am going to do a follow up of my last post regarding the pollen season of 2014 and the cold spring that occurred. First I would like to refer to this term that has been used this season called &hellip Continue reading

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Where is spring and the pollen allergy season?

Birch trees

We hear it all the time. When will winter be over? Well not only are people saying it but so are the trees. This winter the March weather has been very cold with lots of snow. April has begun with &hellip Continue reading

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Passionate about Thresher Sharks in the Philippines

Photo credit: Steve De Neef

My work as a marine biologist has drawn me to the Coral Triangle, an area of our oceans consisting of the highest levels of marine biodiversity. You can imagine that the abundance of marine life led to a high reliance &hellip Continue reading

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