Identification of cyanobacteria and microalgae in aerosols of various sizes in the air over the Southern Baltic Sea

Anita Lewandowska , Sylwia Śliwińska-Wilczewska , Dominika Woźniczka


Bioaerosols were collected between April and November 2015 on land (Gdynia) and at sea (Southwestern Baltic), using six-step microbiological pollutant sampler. It was determined that picoplanktonic cyanobacteria of the genus Synechococcus, Synechocystis, Aphanocapsa, Aphanothece, Microcystis, Merismopedia, Woronichinia and Cyanodictyon were the most commonly found in aerosols both over land and at sea. Chlorophyta were also numerous (Chlorella vulgaris, Stichococcus bacillaris), as were Bacillariophyta and Ochrophyta (Phaeodactylum sp., Navicula cf. perminuta and Nannochloropsis cf. gaditana). As primary production and phytoplankton concentration in sea water grew, so did the diversity of the microorganisms identified in bioaerosols. Over the sea cyanobacteria and microalgae occurred more often in large aerosols (> 3.3 μm). Over land they were mainly the components of smaller particles. In respirable particles species both capable of producing harmful secondary metabolites and potentially toxic ones were identified. We assume that bioaerosols pose the actual threat to human health in Baltic Sea region.
Author Anita Lewandowska (FOG / IO / DMChEP)
Anita Lewandowska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Sylwia Śliwińska-Wilczewska (FOG / IO / DMEF)
Sylwia Śliwińska-Wilczewska,,
- Division of Marine Ecosystems Functioning
, Dominika Woźniczka (FOG)
Dominika Woźniczka,,
- Faculty of Oceanography and Geography
Journal seriesMarine Pollution Bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishbioaerosols, size distribution, cyanobacteria, microalgae, harmful species, marine coastal zone
ASJC Classification2310 Pollution; 1104 Aquatic Science; 1910 Oceanography
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 19-05-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 11; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.228; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.241 (2) - 2017=3.767 (5)
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