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Catherine Kilada, SUNY GeneseoFollow

Submission Type

Poster

Start Date

22-4-2020 12:00 AM

Abstract

The impact of industrialization and its resulting decline in biodiversity may be a contributing factor to the rapidly increasing prevalence of allergies across the United States. This decline in biodiversity reduces the contact between people and various tree species, causing an increase in the number of individuals who experience moderate to severe allergies. I predict there may be a correlation between myriad allergies and geographic location within New York State. Using an online survey distributed to the Geneseo Student Body, I will determine if there are certain areas of New York State that have higher reports of certain allergy types. The survey is intended to learn more about the urban biodiversity patterns in New York State by asking students to list lived-in locations by zip code and then note if they associate any of the listed locations with a change in their allergy severity. Participants are asked to list the types of trees on their property in order to determine if there are specific tree species that produce higher proportions of certain allergy types. I predict there is a correlation between specific tree species and allergy severity due to the type of pollen produced and its distribution pattern.

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194— Plant Diversity & Allergies

The impact of industrialization and its resulting decline in biodiversity may be a contributing factor to the rapidly increasing prevalence of allergies across the United States. This decline in biodiversity reduces the contact between people and various tree species, causing an increase in the number of individuals who experience moderate to severe allergies. I predict there may be a correlation between myriad allergies and geographic location within New York State. Using an online survey distributed to the Geneseo Student Body, I will determine if there are certain areas of New York State that have higher reports of certain allergy types. The survey is intended to learn more about the urban biodiversity patterns in New York State by asking students to list lived-in locations by zip code and then note if they associate any of the listed locations with a change in their allergy severity. Participants are asked to list the types of trees on their property in order to determine if there are specific tree species that produce higher proportions of certain allergy types. I predict there is a correlation between specific tree species and allergy severity due to the type of pollen produced and its distribution pattern.

 

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