Assessment of Outdoor Bioaerosols In Megacity Istanbul-Turkey and Its Relation with Tobacco Smoke

Authors

  • Asli Baysal
  • Gul Sirin Ustabasi

Keywords:

Pollution, Urban air, Microbial characterization, Istanbul, Bioaerosols

Abstract

Biological substances in the aerosols have important impacts on public health and include bacteria, fungi, etc. that they can be toxigenic, allergenic and/or infectious. These substances can be originated from either natural sources such as evaporated sea spray, windborne pollen, dust, and other geothermal eruptions or from anthropogenic sources, like various industrial and man-made processes. One of the usual and daily man-made processes is tobacco smoke. To investigate the outdoor microbial activity and effect of tobacco smoke on outdoor air, culturable microbial activity, and diversity were measured in smoking and non-smoking outdoor sites. Outdoor air samples collected with manual aerosol samplers in Florya, Istanbul (Turkey) during three months in the winter of 2015-16. Average microorganism concentrations were varied 33-200 CFU/m3 and 2-120 CFU/m3 for smoking area and non-smoking area, respectively. The most dominant species were bacillus, staphylococcus and mold.

Published

2019-08-13

How to Cite

Asli Baysal, & Gul Sirin Ustabasi. (2019). Assessment of Outdoor Bioaerosols In Megacity Istanbul-Turkey and Its Relation with Tobacco Smoke. International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Environmental Modelling, 2(4), 212-218. Retrieved from https://ijepem.com/ijepem/article/view/volume-2-issue-4-article-3

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