You can find photos and information on plants in our Pollen Research section. In the library, you can click on your state and it will bring up a list of all the allergenic plants in your area, with information on the plants and photos of both the plants and the pollen grains.
Trace amounts of pollen can be found in air samples in most locations, despite the likelihood that no allergenic plants are actually actively producing pollen locally.
This typically occurs during the winter months, after the fall season has ended, and before the spring tree season has started. Pollen may be resuspended into the air from the ground, and other surfaces such as tree branches, blades of grass, buildings, or roadways.
Contents of the mix of pollen can be any pollen type that was in the air in higher numbers in the season, pollen from previous years or even pollen which has been transported long distances through the upper atmosphere. Your Allergy Alerts are only sent out when the pollen levels are above a trigger point, and in the "moderate" range, or a 4. This is GOOD news! The pollen level in your area has likely dropped. Check Pollen.
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Your information is private - we cannot do it for you. Publishing IQVIA has published more than twenty peer-reviewed papers in allergy and palynology journals, comparing how pollen counts are reported, studying differences in how and where they are obtained, instructing readers how to correctly analyze their samples using mathematical formulas, seeking trends throughout the U.
We instruct users how to properly obtain the best samples, and we provide customer service to hundreds of sampling locations. Instructing IQVIA also runs an aeroallergen identification course to instruct medical and environmental professionals on how to analyze pollen samples. This one- to two-day seminar stresses the importance of learning the anatomy of pollen grains and fungal spores in order to accomplish accurate identification in "pollen and spore counts," both indoors and outdoors.
Instructors in the course include premiere experts in the fields of paleoecology and plant pathology. What is a pollen count? A pollen count is a measurement of how much pollen is in the air. This count represents the concentration of all the pollen or of one particular type, like ragweed in the air in a certain area at a specific time.
It is expressed in grains of pollen per cubic meter over a 24 hour period. How is pollen counting done? A pollen sample is taken using an air-sampling device. These samplers collect particles from the air onto a transparent, sticky surface. The sample is then examined under a microscope, where the pollen grains are counted and identified. The result of this is the pollen count. Since pollen travels long distances through the air, this count is relevant to a large area, and a count from one sampling site is typically used as data for an entire city.
How long does it take to get a pollen sample? It may sound easy, but pollen sampling can be time-consuming and expensive, sometimes requiring hours of work, and quite a bit of experience or training. Where should the sampling devices be located? The best location for a pollen sampler is on a rooftop, several stories from the ground. Rooftop placement provides an open space away from direct exposure to nearby vegetation, as well as protection from vandalism and theft.
Elevation of the sampler allows it to collect pollen from a larger surrounding area. Poor placement of the sampler is near biases, contaminants, or obstructions.
Locations near air ducts, under over-hanging tree branches, or next to a wall are also examples of poor sampler placement. Who is responsible for the pollen counts? Allergists, government agencies, educational institutions, private physicians, and commercial research companies.
What is the purpose of pollen counting? Allergy sufferers may find it desirable to follow changes in the pollen counts. They will learn much more about which allergens are affecting them, and to what degree. Pharmaceutical companies need the information in their drug research.
Allergy researchers need the information to find new trends between symptoms and allergy-inducing conditions. And, people that study plants also need the pollen data to learn more about growth stages and plant habitats throughout the Earth's history.
What is a pollen forecast? A pollen forecast is a prediction of what the pollen levels will be in the future, like a weather forecast. Pollen forecasting often has greater value for allergy suffers than a pollen count, because they can use this information to plan their day, including whether or not to take medication.
Many of the elements of "Pollen", wonderful melody, thick textures and interesting harmonies, are present on it. However, if you are hoping for something exactly like "Pollen", this isn't it. But, in essence, this is the second Pollen's album. Essentially, it merely reflects the time it was released, , as the band tries to remain current while still having some fine progressive moments on it.
Prog is my Ferrari. In , Tom Rivest and Lemoyne decided to form a progressive rock group. The band's name came by chance when, in the kitchen of the house where they lived together, the musicians spotted a jar of flower pollen.
The group's concerts featured sophisticated light shows, visual elements and scenic effects of rare beauty. In , Pollen released their self titled debut album, containing some of the best and most impressive progressive rock music in North America. But their music is more purely rooted in the symphonic genre than their countrymen, whose music is more folk-oriented, Harmonium, or more fusion, Maneige.
Pollen split-up in When I'm saying that "Pollen" is the only album of the band is really true. However, Tom Rivest released in his solo eponymous debut and only album with his band mates Lemoyne and Lemay. For some reason, Pollen never managed to release a second album, but the story somehow continued with the release of that solo album because some songs were already written for the second band's album.
The line up on the album is Jacques Tom Rivest lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar and keyboards , Richard Lemoyne electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards and bass , Claude Lemay backing vocals, keyboards, flute, vibraphone and bass and Sylvain Coutu drums, vibraphone and percussion. The first track "Vieux Corps De Vie D'Ange" immediately sets the tone for the album and represents an excellent example of the unique musical style of Pollen.
The track offers up a very dramatic mixture of pomp and symphonic filled with gorgeous keyboard excursions and extremely dramatic vocals from Rivest. This is really a great opener for the album. It opens with flute before the acoustic guitar and of the arriving of vocals. A mellow and pleasant sound is the result. This is a very interesting piece which demonstrates the band's ability to write more radio-friendly numbers.
The third track "L'Indien" is another ballad that features acoustic guitar and nice vocals. Rivest does manages to put his own stamp on this one and his melancholic crooning and acoustic guitar is achingly poignant throughout the number. This is another excellent track that maintains the high quality level of the album. The fourth track "Tout L'Temps" is a quirky up-tempo number built on a jazz-like drum beat and swirling keyboards. The band once again shows a penchant for being able to write pop pieces with symphonic flair.
The song ends on a particularly high note with some very tasty keyboards. The fifth track "Vivre La Mort" is one of the highlights of the album.
The musical framework of the piece is built upon some powerful drumming and theatrical keyboard chords as the track builds to a crescendo.
Halfway, through the number, we get a taste of Pollen's truly symphonic nature. Guitars and keys coalesce as the song builds up a head of steam before pushing the listener over the top in a fine display of tight musicianship. It begins with some gentle guitar passages and delicate vocals. Slowly, the track builds in intensity until explodes in grandiose fashion.
The closing 6 minutes represents its finest moment. Complex tempo changes and superlative instrumental prowess are the order of the day.
Somber church organ cedes to powerful drum fills and moog madness and some excellent lead guitar before returning to the track's main theme.
It closes the album in a grand style. Conclusion: Hopefully, I've been able to express that Pollen, especially with the final long track, is one of the best symphonic progressive rock acts of the 70's, out of Europe.
It can be reported with no failures and for friends of the 70's, a full recommendation can be given. This is the kind of albums that deserve to be rescued from the shades of the 70's recording industry and taken into every good progressive music collection. For lovers of the classic progressive rock of the 70's, this album should definitely be for them, especially for those who like the French strain of the genre. So, enjoy it, really.
Formed by musicians who would later on, separately, become important figures often behind-the-scenes in the Quebec music scene, this one-off album from then-young group Pollen contains some excellent music.
However, the best tunes come at the end of the vinyl sides, while the tracks opening each side are the weakest, which means it takes a bit longer to discover the gems here. I agree with other reviewers that many parts of this album have a derivative feel, and that the writing is not yet mature, which was and still is fairly normal for a debut album.
There are sections that bring to mind Genesis, and Gentle Giant, whose tour they opened for they also shared the bill with Caravan in Quebec. The least musical track here, in my opinion, is actually the opening song "Vieux Corps de Vie D'Ange", so the casual listener might not be motivated to listen to the album too often. But this band does have its own sound, particularly on the tunes that close each side of the original vinyl album. Of course, these for me are the highlights, and I would even say they should make it into the list of classic Quebec pieces.
These harken more to other Quebec music of the time than to the British groups. The tune that closes side 1, "L'Indien", is really a folk tune, not even rock, but it is to me the best song on the album. Really a beautiful song, and original - very much their own voice. While I agree that the singing in general across the album is not quite on par with the best, it is still solid, and on this song it works very well.
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