Like most trade shows and conferences this year, the seventh European Symposium on Aerobiology (ESA 2020) had to 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 state of science drives our developments.
The importance and diversity of aerobiology
The conference program of ESA 2020 was characterized by a great variety of presentations, posters and scientific exchange. A short summary 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 pesticides. The buzzwords for this are: Sustainable agriculture and precision agriculture. Aerobiology serves as a tool for the defense of the ecosystem. In the scientific study of Raúl Guzmán Rodríguez, the pollen concentration of olive trees is directly related to their crop yield and shows that automatic pollen measurement is also interesting for agriculture and can provide profitable data. Likewise, real-time data can contribute to an ecologically sustainable approach to agriculture and make the use of pesticides more effective and environmentally friendly.
Pollen allergy in constant focus
That not only pollen allergy is in the center of aerobiology has been confirmed several times. Aerobiology encompasses various disciplines from agriculture to human health. However, research results from Karl-Christian Bergmann and the German Pollen Information Service Foundation show that pollen allergy is still one of the important topics. A pollen allergy can have a negative impact on children’s school grades and noticeably affect the performance of those affected – to name just one example. His appeal at this point is that closer cooperation between aerobiology and medicine must be sought. With this conviction, one creates a solid basis for a better future for millions of people in Europe. In addition to the latest research results, we also venture 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 be supportive and work closely together. Real-time data opens the door to a much finer understanding of the factors that influence aerobiological processes. Or as Bernard Clot beautifully summarized in his talk, “Real-time measurements enable a quantum leap in pollen forecasting and in developing applications for a wide range of end users.”
The science of aerobiology looks to a bright future with exciting challenges. Together we want to take on these challenges. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizing committee for the smooth execution of ESA 2020 and the entire community for the many impressions, presentations and discussions around aerobiology.
A special week for Swisens
The whole week gets another golden frame with 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 introducing SwisensPoleno Mars to the participants of the Launching Event on January 28, 2021. Registration for the virtual event is open and we look forward to their registration.