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Microbiology of Aerosols

Anne-Marie Delort (Editor), Pierre Amato (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-13228-8
320 pages
November 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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An introduction to the microbiology of bioaerosols and their impact on the world in which we live

The microbiology of aerosols is an emerging field of research that lies at the interface of a variety of scientific and health-related disciplines. This eye-opening book synthesizes the current knowledge about microorganisms—bacteria, archaea, fungi, viruses—that are aloft in the atmosphere. The book is written collaboratively by an interdisciplinary and international panel of experts and carefully edited to provide a high-level overview of the emerging field of aerobiology.

Four sections within Microbiology of Aerosols present the classical and online methods used for sampling and characterizing airborne microorganisms, their emission sources and short- to long-distance dispersal, their influence on atmospheric processes and clouds, and their consequences for human health and agro-ecosystems. Practical considerations are also discussed, including sampling techniques, an overview of the quantification and characterization of bioaerosols, transport of bioaerosols, and a summary of ongoing research opportunities in the field. Comprehensive in scope, the book:

  • Explores this new field that is applicable to many disparate disciplines
  • Covers the emission of bioaerosols to their deposit, covering both quantitative and qualitative aspects
  • Provides insights into social and environmental effects of the presence of bioaerosols in the atmosphere
  • Details the impact of bioaerosols on human health, animal and plant health, and on physical and chemical atmospheric processes

Written by authors internationally recognized for their work on biological aerosols and originating from a variety of scientific fields collaborated on, Microbiology of Aerosols is an excellent resource for researchers and graduate or PhD students interested in atmospheric sciences or microbiology.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors xi

Preface xv

Hunting fog xvii

It all happens up there … xix

Cela se passe là-haut … xxi

Part I Bioaerosols, Sampling, and Characterization 1

1.1 Main Biological Aerosols, Specificities, Abundance, and Diversity 3
P. Amato, E. Brisebois, M. Draghi, C. Duchaine, J. Fröhlich -Nowoisky, J.A. Huffman, G. Mainelis, E. Robine and M. Thibaudon

References 11

1.2 Sampling Techniques 23
P. Amato, E. Brisebois, M. Draghi, C. Duchaine, J. Fröhlich -Nowoisky, J.A. Huffman, G. Mainelis, E. Robine and M. Thibaudon

References 40

1.3 Quantification and Characterization of Bioaerosols (offline techniques) 49
J. Fröhlich -Nowoisky, P. Amato, P. Renard, E. Brisebois and C. Duchaine

References 67

1.4 Online Techniques for Quantification and Characterization of Biological Aerosols 83
J.A. Huffman and J. Santarpia

Acknowledgments 99

References 99

Part II Sources and Transport of Microbial Aerosols 115

2.1 Bioaerosol Sources 117
Nathalie Wéry, Amandine Galès and Yves Brunet

References 131

2.2 Short-Scale Transport of Bioaerosols 137
N. Wéry, A. Galès and Y. Brunet

References 149

2.3 Global-Scale Atmospheric Dispersion of Microorganisms 155
D.W. Griffin, C. Gonzalez -Martin, C. Hoose and D.J. Smith

Acknowledgments 178

References 178

Part III Impacts of Microbial Aerosols on Atmospheric Processes 195

3.1 Impacts of Bioaerosols on Atmospheric Ice Nucleation Processes 197
T.C.J. Hill, P.J. DeMott, F. Conen and O. Möhler

References 210

3.2 Impacts on Cloud Chemistry 221
A. ]M. Delort, L. Deguillaume, P. Renard, V. Vinatier, I. Canet, M. Vaïtilingom and N. Chaumerliac

References 239

Part IV Impacts of Bioaerosols on Human Health and the Environment 249

4.1 Health Impacts of Bioaerosol Exposure 251
P. Blais Lecours, C. Duchaine, M. Thibaudon and D. Marsolais

References 263

4.2 Impacts of Microbial Aerosols on Natural and Agro ]ecosystems: Immigration, Invasions, and their Consequences 269
C.E. Morris and D.C. Sands

References 277

Index 281

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Author Information

About the Editors

Anne Marie Delort, Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF), France.

Pierre Amato, Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF), France.

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