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 […]

Sistotrema- Common on wet decaying window or door joinery

Sistotrema species Sistotrema brinkmanii Sistotrema brinkmanii is widespread. It is a basidiomycete commonly found on wood. In buildings it is common on wet decaying window/door joinery. Most basidiomycetes are not normally encountered as moulds, but a few, such as Sistotrema brinkmanii may be encountered in the laboratory. Health Effects Associated With Sistotrema brinkmanii Little is known […]

Scopulariopsis health effects

Scopulariopsis species Scopulariopsis is a large group comprised of a number of species commonly found in soil, decaying wood, and various other plant and animal products. Scopulariopsis species in indoor environment In indoor environments it is found on damp walls, cellulose board and wallpaper; wood; floor and mattress dust. Species of Scopulariopsis has also been isolated […]

Phoma

Phoma species In nature, Phoma is a widespread type of mold commonly found in soil and a wide range of plants and plant materials. It is one of the most important plant disease causing agents. In indoor environments, Phoma is common on wet/damp paints, wood, wall papers, window frames and caulking, especially in bathrooms. Species […]

Phialophora

Phialophora species Phialophora species are commonly isolated from wood and wood products, plant debris, soil and animal feaces. Species of Phialophora have caused problems clogging plastic water pipes and tanks. Some species cause blue staining of wood, which has resulted in considerable losses to the timber industry. Phialophora fastigiata Phialophora fastigiata is widespread in soil, […]

Penicillium

Penicillium species: the mould that saved millions of lives Penicillium is a group (Genus) of moulds found everywhere world-wide. It is the mould that saved millions of lives by producing the first ever known modern antibiotic, the penicillin. The discovery of penicillin from the fungus Penicillium chrysogenum (then known as Penicillium notatum) by Sir Alexander Fleming […]

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