Molecular approaches for the detection and monitoring of microbial communities in bioaerosols: A review

Keunje Yoo, Tae Kwon Lee, Eun Joo Choi, Jihoon Yang, Sudheer Kumar Shukla, Sang il Hwang, Joonhong Park

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Bioaerosols significantly affect atmospheric processes while they undergo long-range vertical and horizontal transport and influence atmospheric chemistry and physics and climate change. Accumulating evidence suggests that exposure to bioaerosols may cause adverse health effects, including severe disease. Studies of bioaerosols have primarily focused on their chemical composition and largely neglected their biological composition and the negative effects of biological composition on ecosystems and human health. Here, current molecular methods for the identification, quantification, and distribution of bioaerosol agents are reviewed. Modern developments in environmental microbiology technology would be favorable in elucidation of microbial temporal and spatial distribution in the atmosphere at high resolution. In addition, these provide additional supports for growing evidence that microbial diversity or composition in the bioaerosol is an indispensable environmental aspect linking with public health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-247
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)


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