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An analysis of airborne fungal spore concentration in buildings in a subtropical climate

The characteristics of moulds in subtropical Central Queensland University (CQU) Rockhampton campus buildings are analysed. The fungal spore concentrations indoors and outdoors are compared and correlations between fungal spore concentrations and environmental parameters such as temperature and humidity are developed. Specific genera of moulds and total spores were identified and recovered colonies were counted from the airborne samples. The SPSS (Statistical Product and Service Solutions) software was used for nonparametric data analysis. Subtropical Central Queensland (Rockhampton) region has two main seasons: wet (December-March) and dry (May-October). Total airborne fungal spore concentrations were found highest in the dry season and lowest in the wet season and were positively correlated with relative humidity and temperature.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

363

End Page

369

Number of Pages

7

Start Date

01/01/2007

ISBN-10

0977170616

Location

Beijing, China

Publisher

Tsinghua University

Place of Publication

Beijing, China

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

International Symposium on Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning