TABLE 4

Concentration of total particles, labeled fungal fragments, and spore particles in environmental samplesa

Particle typesTotal particlesLabeled fragments and spore particles
AMb of concn (min–max)Mean % of total collected particlesAM of concn (min–max)Mean % of immunolabeled fragments and spores (morphologically identified)
Nonfungal fragment particles
    Submicronic fragments9.8 (7.4–11.3)810.5 (0.4–0.7)39
    1–2-μm fragments0.6 (0.4–0.9)5.00.2 (0.2–0.3)17
    3–3.5-μm fragments0.2 (0.1–0.3)2.00.2 (0.05–0.3)12
    ≥3.5-μm fragments0.3 (0.03–0.7)2.50.2 (0.030–0.5)11
    All fragment particles10.9 (7.9–12.5)9112 (0.9–1.4)79
Spores
    Single spores0.9 (0.090–2.1)70.9 (0.090–2.1)19
    Aggregates of 2 spores0.1 (0–0.4)10.1 (0–0.4)1
    Aggregates of 3 spores0.03 (0–0.07)0.20.03 (0–0.07)0
    Aggregates of 4 spores0.01 (0–0.04)0.10.01 (0–0.04)0.6
    Aggregates of ≥5 spores0.01 (0–0.04)0.10.01 (0–0.04)0.6
    All spore particles1.1 (0.09–2.6)91.1 (0.09–2.6)21
All particles12 (8–15.2)1.6 (0.9–2)
  • a Values for concentrations are ×106 m−3; the experiments were repeated three times.

  • b AM, arithmetic mean.