Performance of UVAPS with respect to detection of airborne fungi

Kanaani, Hussein, Hargreaves, Megan, Smith, Jim, Ristovski, Zoran, Agranovski, Victoria, & Morawska, Lidia (2008) Performance of UVAPS with respect to detection of airborne fungi. Journal of Aerosol Science, 39(2), pp. 175-189.


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This paper studies the detection limit, selectivity and counting efficiency of an Ultraviolet Aerodynamic Particle Sizer Spectrometer (UVAPS) with regard to aerosolized fungal spores. The study demonstrated the ability of the instrument for detection and measurement of fungal spores under controlled conditions. A reasonable correlation was found between the UVAPS and the AGI-30 impinger in measuring the aerosol fungal spore concentrations under investigation: Penicillium and Aspergillus niger (r = 0.911, p < 0.005 and r = 0.882, p < 0.05, respectively). A linear relationship between total particle concentration and fluorescent particle concentration was found in the range from 0 to 70 particles/cm3. Its lower detection limit was found to be 0.01 particles/cm3. The dry generation method which was used for generating fungal spores has proved to be reproducible and easy to control, as well as simple and inexpensive

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ID Code: 12524
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: fungal spores, real, time monitoring, counting efficiency, spore release, air flow rate
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2007.10.007
ISSN: 0021-8502
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > MICROBIOLOGY (060500) > Microbiology not elsewhere classified (060599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified (040199)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:50

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