SUMMARY: The fungal air spora and the microfungi in house dust are described. Pollens from indigenous weeds of the Chenopodiaceae which were deliberately planted in the area were most numerous, that from the introduced trees of (an important allergen) was trapped only sporadically at roof-top level, but found in high concentration beneath the trees. Low Cladosporium counts in the hot season are related to degree-days above 29. The origins of the spora and the possibility of dust being colonized by fungi in air-cooled houses is discussed. Since inhalant allergy is likely to increase among the population as planting programmes extend the areas of vegetative cover in this hot arid region, future surveys on the air spora are desirable.


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