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Stachybotrys echinata (= Memnoniella echinata)

Memnoniella echinata is a widespread strongly cellulolytic fungus.

It has been isolated from cotton, canvas, hardboard and woollen fabrics. Memnoniella echinata is morphologically very similar to Stachybotrys but it produces spores in chains. Following molecular characterization of this species, it was renamed Stachybotrys echinata.

This fungus is commonly found on very wet gypsum board.

Health Effects Associated With Memnoniella echinata

Little is known about the medical significance of M. echinata. However, it produces many of the toxins produced by Stachybotrys chartarum, suggesting that M. echinata should also be considered potentially dangerous in indoor air.

You can continue by reading our guide to commonly found molds and fungus.

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Dr Jackson Kung'u
Dr. Jackson Kung’u is a Microbiologist who has specialized in the field of mycology (the study of moulds and yeasts). He is a member of the Mycological Society of America. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, with a Masters degree in Fungal Technology and a PhD in Microbiology. He has published several research papers in international scientific journals. Jackson has analyzed thousands of mould samples from across Canada. He also regularly teaches a course on how to recognize mould, perform effective sampling and interpret laboratory results. Jackson provides how-to advice on mould and bacteria issues. Get more information about indoor mould and bacteria at
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