Automatic particle detectors lead to a new generation in plant diversity investigation

  • Ingrida ŠAULIENĖ Vilnius University, Šiauliai Academy, Institute of Regional Development, P. Višinskis str. 25, 76351, Šiauliai (LT)
  • Laura ŠUKIENĖ Vilnius University, Šiauliai Academy, Institute of Regional Development, P. Višinskis str. 25, 76351, Šiauliai (LT)
  • Gintautas DAUNYS Vilnius University, Šiauliai Academy, Institute of Regional Development, P. Višinskis str. 25, 76351, Šiauliai (LT)
  • Gediminas VALIULIS Vilnius University, Šiauliai Academy, Institute of Regional Development, P. Višinskis str. 25, 76351, Šiauliai (LT)
  • Lukas VAITKEVIČIUS Vilnius University, Šiauliai Academy, Institute of Regional Development, P. Višinskis str. 25, 76351, Šiauliai (LT)
Keywords: airborne pollen, Hirst type spore trap, near real-time data


Technological progress in modern scientific development generates opportunities that create new ways to learn more about objects and systems of nature. An important indicator in choosing research methods is not only accuracy but also the time and human resources required to achieve results. This research demonstrates the possibilities of using an automatic particle detector that works based on scattered light pattern and laser-induced fluorescence for plant biodiversity investigation. Airborne pollen data were collected by two different devices, and results were analysed in light of the application for plant biodiversity observation. This paper explained the possibility to gain knowledge with a new type of method that would enable biodiversity monitoring programs to be extended to include information on the diversity of airborne particles of biological origin. It was revealed that plant conservation could be complemented by new tools to test the effectiveness of management plans and optimise mitigation measures to reduce impacts on biodiversity.


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How to Cite
ŠAULIENĖ, I., ŠUKIENĖ, L., DAUNYS, G., VALIULIS, G., & VAITKEVIČIUS, L. (2021). Automatic particle detectors lead to a new generation in plant diversity investigation. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 49(3), 12444.
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DOI: 10.15835/nbha49312444