Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2011 Airborne Starch Granules as a Potential Contamination Source at Archaeological Sites
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Well-known allergy literature attests to a presence of airborne starch granules from human and natural activities and illustrates that starch granules within pollen grains from starch-rich plants are released when pollen grains rupture in mid-air during thunderstorms. This study reports on starch granules extracted from Texas air samples and ruptured pollen grains from seven ethnographically important geophyte species, as well as maize (Zea mays L.). Starch granules from pollen grains are compared to those in storage organs of these plants. Results confirm that storage-like starch granules are airborne and that starch granules inside pollen can be indistinguishable from starch granules in the respective storage organs.

Andrew R. Laurence, Alston V. Thoms, Vaughn M. Bryant, and Cassandra McDonough "Airborne Starch Granules as a Potential Contamination Source at Archaeological Sites," Journal of Ethnobiology 31(2), 213-232, (1 December 2011). https://doi.org/10.2993/0278-0771-31.2.213
Published: 1 December 2011
JOURNAL ARTICLE
20 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top