Pollen and penguins

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Medical doctor, scientist and pollen counter extraordinaire Dr Danielle Medek is heading south, way way south. To Antarctica!

Danielle is one of a select group of 78 women in science and related fields who are traveling to the frozen continent for an intensive 20-day leadership programme. She believes women have an important role to play in curbing climate change and in helping create a liveable world that we can share with plants and animals. On this trip Danielle will discover how to lead, protect and hopefully heal a changing world.

So we’re giving Danielle a shout. For more information, including ways of you can help support her trip, visit her website.

Farewell from the pollen count

Thanks for your support and interest in our work.  The Melbourne Pollen Count is over for 2015 but we will be back bigger and better than ever in Spring 2016.

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Wishing you all a peaceful and joyous Christmas

As well as pollen grains this Christmas image features the festive fungal spores of Lophiostoma and Alternaria

Our Bambi season cruises on

In my last post I compared Bambi and Godzilla, with Bambi being Melbourne's grass pollen season and Godzilla being Canberra's season.  Well, the Canberra season marches on.  Perhaps not the most frightening season they've ever seen but, propelled on by some recent good rainfall, certainly well on track for an above average year. 

Meanwhile, here in Melbourne we're getting pretty used to our mild summer weather and a well-entrenched Bambi pollen season.  Today's graph shows its looking remarkably like '08, our mildest pollen season yet.  That's all courtesy of a dry spring with around half the average rainfall

But even Bambi is a wild animal capable of leaving a mark.  That means we've had a few bad days for hay fever.  So far this season there have been 3 high grass pollen days, which are days when the grass pollen count is over 50 grains per cubic metre of air.  But on average we can expect 12 high days a season and 9 extreme days as well (days when the grass pollen count is an eyewatering 100 grains or more).  I can't see any of those in prospect this year and in all likelihood we may well have seen the last of Bambi's wild side as well.

Melbourne sneezes through first high pollen day

Read Craig Butt's story on our first high pollen day in The Age.

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