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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment






The urbanization of the Las Vegas Valley has transformed this part of the Mohave Desert into a green oasis by introducing many non-native plant species, some of which are allergenic. Typically, one monitoring station is established per city to obtain pollen counts for an entire metropolitan area. However, variations in pollen concentrations could occur among different microenvironments. The objective of this study is to measure and compare pollen concentrations in five locations in Las Vegas to determine if there are significant differences between microenvironments within the city. Air samples were collected from five sites across the Las Vegas Valley over a 1-year period. Prepared slides were analyzed with a light microscope for pollen grains and converted into airborne pollen concentrations. Mixed model methods were used to determine mean differences. Tree pollen was the greatest contributor to the annual average airborne pollen concentrations (130 grains/m3) compared to weeds (6 grains/m3) and grass (3 grains/m3). The highest peak occurred in March 2016 (9589 total grains/m3). There were several differences among sites with respect to concentrations of individual tree species and for total weed and grass concentrations. We observed significant variations in concentration and composition among the five pollen collection stations that were established across the Las Vegas Valley. This study presented new outdoor pollen data for the southwest region of the USA, focused in Las Vegas. The results indicate that more sites and comprehensive monitoring of outdoor allergens are needed to provide accurate information to the community about outdoor air quality conditions.


Pollen; Airborne; Allergen; Outdoor air quality; Las Vegas


Community Health | Environmental Health | Environmental Public Health

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