Semestral Journal of Centro Argentino de Meteorólogos, which is published  since 1970 and serves on the Core of Argentine Scientific Journals since 2005. Meteorologica publishes original papers in the field of atmospheric sciences and oceanography.

Registration number of intellectual property: RL-2018-42420861-APN-DNDA#MJ

ISSN 1850-468X

Volume 45 N° 1 MORE NOTES FROM THIS ISSUE

OVERVIEW OF THE PRODUCTION, TRANSPORT AND DEPOSIT OF BIOAEROSOLS

Claudio Perez, Maía Isabel Gassmann, Natalia Tonti y Lucía Curto

Departamento de Ciencias de la Atmósfera y los Océanos, FCEyN, UBA
CONICET

Manuscript received on July 13th, 2018, on final form on September 19th, 2018.

ABSTRACT

Aerosols of biological origin (bioaerosols) are an important fraction of the complex of particles suspended in the air. Propagules such as: pollen grains, fungal spores, algae or dinoflagellates cysts, also with bacteria and viruses, can be transported long distances, causing diseases in plants, animals, and humans with consequences for agriculture and health. Moreover, in their atmospheric transit, they often act as condensation or ice nuclei, affecting the hydrological cycle or the climate. Despite the numerous works related to these issues, the processes by which they are emitted, interact or are removed from the atmosphere, are poorly understood. This paper presents a comprehensive review about the study techniques, the knowledge of processes and interactions among bioaerosols, atmosphere, and surfaces from which they are emitted or deposited, as well as the effects on agriculture, health and the role of bioaerosols in the climate system.