Epicoccum nigrum is a saprophytic mould with a worldwide distribution.
It is common on senescent and dead plant and soil. It has also been isolated from wood pulp, canvas, cotton, and a wide variety of stored foods. Indoors it is found in floor, carpet and mattress dust, hospital air, and exposed acrylic paint.
Health Effects Associated With Epicoccum nigrum
Epicoccum nigrum poses inhalation health risks to persons with weak immune systems. However this commonly found type of mould poses no known dermal inoculation health risk.