Like most trade fairs and conferences this year, the seventh European Symposium on Aerobiology (ESA 2020) give way to the virus. We are glad that this important event could still take place online. Not only because we appreciate the exchange in the community, but also because the latest scientific knowledge drives our developments.
The importance and diversity of aerobiology
The ESA 2020 conference programme was characterized by a great variety of presentations, posters and scientific exchange. A small summary of these is presented in this article.
Agriculture and aerobiology
Agriculture is of great importance for aerobiology. Be it in the prediction of crop yield or the more sustainable use of crop protection products. The keywords here are: Sustainable agriculture and precision farming. Aerobiology serves as an instrument for the defence of the ecosystem. In the scientific study by Raúl Guzmán Rodríguez, the pollen concentration of olive trees is directly related to their yield and shows that automatic pollen measurement is also interesting for agriculture and can provide profitable data. Real-time data can also contribute to an ecologically sustainable approach to agriculture and make the use of pesticides more effective and environmentally friendly.
Pollen allergy in constant focus
The fact that pollen allergy is not the only focus of aerobiology has been confirmed several times. Aerobiology covers various disciplines from agriculture to human health. However, the fact that pollen allergy is still one of the most important topics is shown by research results of Karl-Christian Bergmann and the German Pollen Information Service Foundation. A pollen allergy can have a negative influence on children's school grades and have a noticeable effect on their performance - to name just one example. His appeal at this point is that a closer cooperation between aerobiology and medicine must be strived for. With this conviction, a solid basis for a better future for millions of people in Europe will be created. In addition to the latest research results, we are also venturing a look into the future.
A look into the future
The prospects in aerobiology are promising and show that we are on the right track with Swisens. Research and science will never run out of work, and we want to support and work closely with them. Real-time data opens the door to a much finer understanding of the factors that influence aerobiological processes. Or as Bernard Clot wonderfully summarizes in his lecture: "Real-time measurements allow a quantum leap in pollen flight prediction and in the development of applications for a wide range of end users".
The science of aerobiology is looking into a bright future with exciting challenges. Together we want to take on these challenges. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizational committee for the smooth implementation of the ESA 2020 and the whole community for the many impressions, presentations and discussions about aerobiology.
A special week for Swisens
The whole week is given a golden frame by the release of SwisensPoleno Mars. The new solution for real-time pollen information. We are very pleased with the many positive reactions to our new system and look forward to presenting SwisensPoleno Mars to the participants of the launching event on 28th January 2021. The Registration for the virtual event is open and we look forward to your registration.