More pollen versus more plants. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)


More pollen versus more plants. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Some people consider that more pollen means more plants. Pollen is the male sexual cell needed to fertilize the female gametophyte. Pollens of anemophilous plants are dispersed by air currents and, in order to produce more plants need, first, to find and match with a receptive ovule of the same specie (if land use policies restrict plants cover and their biodiversity we have many loose ends just in here). But also, once the fertilization generates seeds we need space, good soil and time to grow (more loose ends). As an example, reforestation doesn´t come from liberating vast amounts of pollen into the wild.
The amount of pollen generated by plants not only affects plant reproduction but also interacts with other biological organisms such as human beings triggering health issues like allergy and asthma. Even though all plants are needed in order to keep biodiversity as a major resource for ecosystem resilience (playing in our favour), not all plants in close contact are beneficial to our health. Same situation come with some bacteria which are needed in our inner digestive system for our benefit but quite of a problem if we put them in other parts of our organism. Why having a garden in our city center (or avenues) full of trees generating allergenic pollen (causing time consuming and expensive treatments) when we can have same benefits (air renovation and shelter from sun) from other trees?

I am glad of seeing pollen load defined as an environmental indicator. I miss to see more inside research applied in using the atmospheric load of biological particular matter not only as a hazardous matter we are exposed to but also as the symptom indicating the health state of our environment. After all, we can look into how we are going to react towards changes in our environment, but I wonder if we are missing valuable information about how our biological environment is reacting already by simply overlooking the symptoms. I think it would be of great help to reach the point where we could be able of identifying the health state of an ecosystem by looking into the nature, quantity an quality of its atmospheric load.

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About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! DOIs can be generated on demand by request by email: d.fdezsevilla(at)gmail.com for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. Author´s profile: Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my previous work as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After couple of years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, I find myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my research. In the present competitive scenario, instead of just moving my cv and wait for my next opportunity to arrive, I have decided to invest also my energy and time in opening my own line of research showing what I am capable of. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this blog has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my work and the intellectual rights represented by the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in this line of research. Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome. In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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