Maromu Yamada

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The microbial communities transported by Asian desert dust (KOSA) events have attracted much attention as bioaerosols because the transported microorganisms are thought to influence the downwind ecosystems in Korea and Japan. However, the atmospheric microbial community has not been investigated at high altitude in the KOSA arrival area. In this study, to(More)
Asian dust (Kosa) events transport airborne microorganisms that significantly impact biological ecosystems, human health, and ice-cloud formation in downwind areas. However, the composition and population dynamics of airborne bacteria have rarely been investigated in downwind areas during Kosa events. In this study, air samplings were sequentially performed(More)
Kosa (Asian dust) is a well-known weather phenomenon in which aerosols are carried by the westerly winds from inland China to East Asia. Recently, the frequency of this phenomenon and the extent of damage caused have been increasing. The airborne bacteria within Kosa are called Kosa bioaerosols. Kosa bioaerosols have affected ecosystems, human health and(More)
Vertical structures of aerosols from the ground to about 1,000 m altitude in Beijing were measured with a balloon-borne optical particle counter. The results showed that, in hazy days, there were inversions at approximately 500-600 m, below which the particulate matters were well mixed vertically, while the concentration of particles decreased sharply above(More)
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are known as carcinogenic and/or mutagenic substances, and are present at high concentration in polluted environments. It has recently been reported that spore-forming bacteria (e.g., Bacillus spp.) can be transported long distances alive in the atmosphere, which raises the possibility that some of the transported(More)
Nanomaterial particles exhibit a wide range of sizes through the formation of agglomerates/aggregates. To assess nanomaterial exposure in the workplace, accurate measurements of particle concentration and size distribution are needed. In this study, we evaluated the performance of two recently commercialized instruments: a portable scanning mobility(More)
Airborne particulate matter was collected at Wajima, the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, Japan by a high-volume air sampler with a quartz fiber filter every week from September 17, 2004 to September 16, 2005. The filter was newly changed every week. There are no major emission sources of atmospheric pollutants near the sampling site. Water-soluble fluoride anion(More)
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