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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 of Phoma are also commonly isolated from house dust. The common species in an indoor environment are Phoma glomerata and P. macrostoma.

Phoma species are mainly contaminants, though they may rarely cause infections in humans, particularly to individuals with a weakened immune system. While they are not known to pose an inhalation hazard to humans, any mold growing in human occupied environments should be treated as potentially hazardous.

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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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