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In this study, the number of viable mold spores trapped by a power-assisted sampling device was counted to determine the number of spores per cubic foot of air. Mold colonies were then sub-cultured and identified to genus.

Meteorological data for the times of sampling and for the entire year were furnished by the Environmental Sciences Service Administration.

It was determined that certain spore types did show a seasonal variation, with different types predominating at different times of the year.

Certain local climatic conditions prevailing at the time of sampling tended to select for the predominance of a particular type of spore, for example, Penicillium after precipitation and Rhizopus with windstorms.

The numbers of different spores trapped are shown as numbers per cubic foot of air at the sampling time.



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UNM Biology Department

First Committee Member (Chair)

John W. Beakly

Second Committee Member

Loren David Potter

Third Committee Member

William Clarence Martin

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