ABSTRACT

The present communication deals with the extraction of palynomorphs, especially pollen grains and spores, from modern tree bark samples collected from the Korba District of Chhattisgarh State, central India. The principal aim of the study is to understand the aerobiological implications of the extracted and recovered palynomorphs in and around the area in question. Besides this, understanding the potential of the substrate in establishing the relationship between modern pollen rain and extant vegetation growing in and around the study area is another objective of the present study. Most of the samples are not very productive and yielded low numbers of palynomorphs, although aerobiologically, the study could be helpful in assessing the allergenicity of the recovered pollen/spores in the area of investigation, relevant to society. However, the substrate could not be used to clearly establish the modern pollen rain and vegetation relationship in the study area. Moreover, it may, in association with other natural pollen trapping substrates and/or various mechanical pollen traps/pollen samplers, be used in generating background information, but with a caveat, for palaeocological and palaeoclimatological studies.

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