IIT Madras: role of mushroom spores in atmospheric bioaerosols studied


Terrestrially occurring mushrooms are a source of biological aerosols that occupy the atmosphere.

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have for the first time, over the Indian region, attempted to demonstrate the potential role of mushroom spores in atmospheric bioaerosols. While others have studied the diversity and distribution of mushroom and the presence of mushroom spores in the atmospheric aerosol separately, the IIT team has proved the role of terrestrially occurring mushrooms as a source of biological aerosol particles in the atmosphere. The results were published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.

The study was undertaken on IIT Madras campus, which is spread over 678 acres and has very rich vegetation. It is considered an ‘ecological island’ representative of tropical dry evergreen biome..................Read more

 

Source: The Hindu


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