Mold Spores In Air And Health Issues

Mold spores are tiny structures produced by molds for the purpose of reproduction, i.e., they are “seeds” but unlike the plant seeds mold spores do not contain a preformed empryo. Health Effects Associated With Mold Spores Mold spores are common in household and workplace dust. Also, due to their light weight, mold spores are often […]

The Phases of Fungal Growth in Indoor Environment

Fungal growth in both modern and historic buildings is attributed to environmental conditions such as water, humidity, temperature and lack of ventilation. Often, people will ask the laboratory if it is possible to tell how old the mold is and/or whether the mold was actively growing and what the source of the mold was. The […]

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 […]

Is Dry Rot Fungus Dangerous?

The dry rot fungus, Serpula lacrymans, is one of the most destructive wood decay fungi in buildings in many countries around the world. Due to its destructive nature, Serpula lacrymans is often referred to as a “building cancer”.  It can also cause structural damage to masonry.  The fungus thrives in poorly ventilated, dark places with elevated […]

Airborne fungal spores exposure limits

A common question often asked is what are the airborne fungal spores exposure limits in both indoor and outdoor environments? In other words, what are the maximum spore concentrations that a healthy person can inhale without getting sick? While there are no universally acceptable airborne fungal spores exposure limits, existing evidence suggests such limits would […]

Using Molds As Forensic Tools In Building Investigations

One question we often receive is whether there are some molds that are specific to marijuana grow ops. Well, if there were some, we could use them as forensic tools to detect buildings that were ever used as grow ops long after the operations were discontinued. Recent research has shown that molds can effectively be used as […]

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