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Maximilian Kmenta
Mag. Maximilian Kmenta

Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Position: Research Assistant

T +43 1 40400 33380

Further Information

Research interests

My research interest lie on pollen information and the improvement of pollen forecasts for the public on a local and European scale. Moreover, the improvement of personalized pollen information is an essential goal in my work as a researcher. In addition I have a focus on grasses and how different species contribute to the grass pollen season.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

We apply standard light microscopy to determine and count pollen and spores from aerobiological samples. I also have experience in the field of Palynology (recent and fossil), electrone microscopic techniques (SEM and TEM) as well as in phenological monitoring and as data base administrator (European Pollen database, EAN)

Selected publications

  1. Kmenta, M. et al., 2015. Pollen information consumption as an indicator of pollen allergy burden. Wien Klin Wochenschr. Available at:
  2. Bastl, K., Kmenta, M. & Berger, U., 2015. Unusually early flowering of alder in Vienna: first report of Alnus'
  3. Bastl, K. et al., 2015. Can we improve pollen season definitions by using the symptom load index in addition to pollen counts? Environmental Pollution, 204, pp.109-116. Available at:
  4. Bastl, K. et al., 2014. Development of a symptom load index: enabling temporal and regional pollen season comparisons and pointing out the need for personalized pollen information. Aerobiologia, 30(3), pp.269-280. Available at:
  5. Kmenta, M. et al., 2013. Development of personal pollen information�the next generation of pollen information and a step forward for hay fever sufferers. International Journal of Biometeorology, 58(8), pp.1721-1726. Available at: