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Laboratory for palynology
Faculty of Sciences
Trg Dositeja Obradovica 2
21 000 Novi Sad
Serbia

e-mail: novisadpolen@gmail.com


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About Laboratory for Palynology

Laboratory for palynology, Faculty of sciences (University of Novi Sad, Serbia), has been studying pollen since 1989 in the frame of entomopalynologycal research of howerflies (Diptera: Syrphidae).

Laboratory has international certificates for conducting research in aerobiology as well as recommendation of the EAN (European Aeroallergen Network) for monitoring of airborne allergens. On 17th March 1999, Laboratory for palynology started aerobiological research, which includes monitoring of airborne pollen and airborne fungal spores. Today Laboratory for palynology conducts rutine airborne pollen monitoring in six Serbian towns. In the frame of aerobiological research, Laboratory for palynology actively participated implementation of numerous scientific projects.

In the frame of aerobiological research Laboratory for palynology analyzes characteristics of house dust mites (Pyroglyphydae - especially genus Dermatophagoides) populations.

Since 2002, Laboratory for palynology conducts melissopalynologycal research, which includes quantitative and qualitative analysis of pollen suspended in honey in the frame of projects that determine quality and geographical origin of this product.


TEAM OF LABORATORY FOR PALYNOLOGY:

Smiljka Simic PhD, full professor - Cheef of the Laboratory
Predrag Radisic MSci biology, teaching assistent
Branko Sikoparija MSci biology, research associate

EQUIPMENT:

  • 5 Hirst type samplers for pollen and spores (4 “Lanzoni”, 1 “Burkard”)
  • daily samplers for indoor airborne spores (“Lanzoni”)
  • light Sistem Microscope "Olympus“ BX-51
  • light Laboratory Microscope 'Olympus“ CX-31
  • stereo microscope: Leica MZ16
  • digital camera „Leica“ DFC320 and digital documentation system software
  • 2 vacuum cleaners with high suction power for indoor allergen sampling
  • literature: Aerobiology, Aeropalynology, Melissopalynology, Entomopalynology, Paleopalynology, Archeopalynology

AEROPALYNOLOGY:

  • international certificates: 6th Europian Basic Course on Aeropalynology, 6th Advanced Aerobiology Course, “Aerobiology and health” NPARU (National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, UK)
  • membership in International Association on Aerobiology (IAA) since 2006
  • membership in Commttee of European Aerobiology Society (EAS) since 2008
  • members of the team for ragweed eradication
  • Masters thesis entitled as: “Characterization of aeropollen with longterm forecast of chosen types in Ruma”
  • submitted PhD thesis entitled as: “Pollen as an indicator of environment quality”
  • participation to: European Aeroallergen Network (EAN), European Information System on Pollen (EPI), Aeropollen Information System of Danube-Cris-Mures-Tisa Euroregion, MEDAERONET
  • information of public on airborne pollen concentrations (reports for various media)
  • Projects:
    • “Monitoring of aeropollen in Novi Sad” funded by City municipality of Novi Sad, Secretariat for environment protection (2000-2011)
    • “Monitoring of aeroallergens in Ruma”, funded by AP Vojvodina, Provincial secretariat for environment protection and sustainable development (2003-2007)
    • “Monitoring and forecastind airborne pollen in Nis”, funded by City municipality of Novi Sad, Secretariat for economy, sustainable development and environment protection (2006-2009)
    • “Monitoring and forecasting airborne pollen in Sombor and Zrenjanin”, funded by AP Vojvodina, Provincial secretariat for environment protection and sustainable development (2008)
    • “Monitoring and forecasting airborne pollen in Zrenjanin, Sombor, Sremska Mitrovica and Vrbas”, funded by AP Vojvodina, Provincial secretariat for environment protection and sustainable development (2009,2011)
    • “Monitoring of indoor allergens in kindergartens in Novi Sad” funded by City municipality of Novi Sad, Secretariat for environment protection (2006)
    • CEP (Center for Execllence Project) “Aerobiological research of Novi Sad and its surroundings” funded by WUS Austria (2003)
    • BGP (Brain Gain Project) funded by WUS Austria (2005)
    • CDP+ (Course Development Program) “Palynology” funded by WUS Austria (2006)
    • Ergomed Clinical Research Ltd. daily average ragweed pollen concentrations provided for: “Randomized double blind placebo controlled study for analysis of efficiency and security in pre seasonal and post seasonal oral application of micro capsulated ragweed pollen extract”, Protocol RPE04 sponsor CURALOGIC A/S, Denmark (2007)
    • SCOPES JRP No. IB73A0-111034 “Monitoring and forecasting airborne ragweed pollen concentrations in the South-Eastern part of its European distribution” funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (2006-2008)
    • „Characteristics of Iva xanthifolia Nutt airborne pollen“ Provincial secretariat for environment protection and sustainable development, AP Vojvodina (2008)
    • COST Action ES0603 “Assessment of production, release, distribution and health impact of allergenic pollen in Europe (EUPOL)”
    • "Biosensing tehnologije i globalni sistem za kontinuirana istraživanja i integrisano upravljanje ekosistemima(III43002)", Ministry of Sciences Republic Serbia (2011-2014)
  • organization of international regional meeting “Live without ragweed” (2003, 2005)
  • participation in scientific meetings

MELISSOPALYNOLOGY:

  • membership in International Honey Commission (IHC) since 2006
  • participation in scientific meetings
  • popularization of melissopalynology and its application
  • members of the team for setting requirements for obtaining award “The best from Vojvodina”
  • melissopalinological analysis of honeys (Honey festival Novi Sad 2002, 2003; “The best from Vojvodina“ award)
  • setting the criteria for Prodection of geografical origin of thr FRUSKA GORA LIME HONEY,  Provincial secretariat for economy, AP Vojvodina (2008)

ENTOMOPALYNOLOGY:

  • research of pollen transport and pollen feeding in Syrphydae (Insecta: Diptera)
  • participation in scientific meetings
  • "Konzervaciona strategija za očuvanje zaštićenih i strogo zaštćenih vrsta u Srbiji - osolike muve (Diptera:Syrphydae) kao model organizmi (OI173002)", Ministry of Sciences Republic Serbia (2011-2014) 

EDUCATION:

  • organization of the undergraduate elective course "Palynology", at the Faculty of Sciences Novi Sad
  • organization of the master course "Aerobiology", at the Faculty of Sciences Novi Sad
  • organization of the 8th European Basic Course on Aerobiology, Novi Sad 12th-18th July 2007.
  • organization of the seminars for educational workers: "Pollen around us" and “Applied Palynology”

PUBLICATION LIST:

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