Exposure to airborne biological agents, especially pathogenic or allergenic microorganisms, may cause a wide range of respiratory and other health disorders in occupational and general populations. Such exposures are increasingly recognized as a cause of preventable airborne infections and hypersensitivity diseases. Thus, more research is needed to establish better tools for assessing and controlling our exposure to indoor and outdoor bioaerosols. In addition to improved exposure assessment, protection of populations and resources at risk from biowarfare agents requires advanced air sampling devices that feature high collection efficiency and can detect low agent concentrations. However, very often the performance characteristics of the newly-introduced samplers are not well known. Use of microbial samplers without fully knowing their ability to collected microbial air pollutants can lead to misinterpretation of the sampling data and thus to erroneous conclusions regarding the presence of biological airborne agents. Thus, it is important to characterize the performance characteristics of the new bioaerosol samplers and those samplers that have not yet been fully characterized. Thus this research proposes to determine the performance characteristics of newly introduced bioarosol samplers.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/08 → 8/31/13|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))