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Can Black Mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) Affect Pregnancy?

Stachybotrys chartarum or black mold as it’s commonly called by the general public has been associated with numerous health issues some of which have not been scientifically proven. Among the many concerns is that exposure to Stachybotrys chartarum during pregnancy can cause pregnancy loss or stillbirth. This article briefly explains what Stachybotrys chartarum is, how […]

Stachybotrys chartarum- A Black Mould Of Many Controversies

Stachybotrys chartarum, also known by an old name as Stachybotrys atra, is a cellulose degrading fungus commonly found in soil and on materials rich in cellulose such as hay, straw, cereal grains, plant debris, wood pulp, paper, and cotton. It produces a mass of wet spores sticking together giving the appearance of black pin-heads. The […]

Stachybotrys: Was it the Cause of Death of Infants in Cleveland, Ohio, USA?

Stachybotrys species When black mold is found growing in houses or commercial buildings, people panic. Black mold is thought by the general public to be Stachybotrys chartarum or simply the ‘bad mold’. The truth is there are several molds that appear black and most of them are relatively harmless. Stachybotrys chartarum is a cellulose-degrading fungus […]

Do you have a mold problem in your home?

Do you have a mold problem in your home? If you’ve seen mold in your home, don’t panic! Send samples for mold testing today. A number of molds can sometimes be found growing in houses on drywall, wood, behind wallpaper, and on ceiling tiles in areas that are constantly moist or have suffered water damage […]

Water Activity Requirements For Mold Growth

Definition of Water Activity Water activity (aw) refers to “free” water available for microbial growth. For microbial growth to occur, moisture must be freely available. The water activity of a material determines which types of mold would grow on that material. Technically, the water activity is defined as the ratio of the vapour pressure exerted […]

What is Aspergillus fumigatus?

Aspergillus fumigatus is a thermotolerant/thermophilic fungus capable of growing over a wide temperature range (12°C–53°C). It has a worldwide distribution. Being thermotolerant, it is a significant component of compost microflora. Health effects associated with Aspergillus fumigatus The spores of Aspergillus fumigatus are very small. Having a diameter of 2–3.5 µm, they are easily inhaled deep […]

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