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National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit

We have world class facilities for research and commercial activity in atmospheric science, allergy, product testing, forensic palynology, crop protection and plant science.

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State-of-art Drone to help Research

The specially designed and commissioned piece of equipment,which has a wing-span of 6ft and weighs just 3.5kg is capable of repeatedly taking the exact same flight path, collecting images or samples for leading research into hayfever, crop disease, meteorological changes, and a multitude of other purposes.

The concept came from Dr Carsten Skjoth, a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at (NPARU), and was built by a leading engineering firm in Denmark, Danish Aviation Systems. “This piece of equipment will allow us to expand our research capabilities into airborne observations of bioaerosols, remote sensing and meteorological observations,       

The drone has been carefully designed so that it is adaptable for different uses and can be flown anywhere in the world, manually or fully automatic. Dr Skjoth has undergone specific flying lessons to use the equipment.       

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Professor R. Kennedy has been recognized nationally and internationally for this work through his appointment to the BSI Air Quality Committee and as UK delegate to the CEN committee on bioaerosol sampling.

Pollen Forecast & Synopsis

Pollen forecast and synopsis

Twitter feed for the Worcester Area

If you live in the Worcester area, follow us on Twitter.  We have teamed up with the staff at the Allergy Clinic at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to give seasonal advice and information about allergy.


Pollen, spores and forecasting

Find out about the current pollen and spore forecast, allergenic pollen types, the pollen calendar, low pollen count holiday destinations, frequently asked questions

Pollen, spores & forecasting