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Epicoccum sp.

Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes.
Distribution Where Found Mode of Dissemination
Ubiquitous;
cosmopolitan.
Two species.
Plant debris, soil. Secondary invader of damaged plant tissue./span> Dry spore.
Wind.
Spores also released by hygroscopic movement.
Allergen Potential Opportunist or Pathogen Potential Toxin Production
Common.
Type I allergies (hay fever, asthma).
No cases of infection have been reported in humans or animals. Antibiotic substances produced: flavipin, epicorazine A & B, indole-3-acetonitrile.
Growth Indoors Industrial Uses Other Comments
Yes, on many different substrates including paper, textiles, and insects.
Aw=0.86-0.90 (minimum).
None known. None.
Characteristics: Growth/Culture Notes on Spore Trap Recognition Notes on Tape Lift Recognition
Grows well on general fungal media, although sporulation may be strain dependent. Colonies typically have orange reverse pigment. Intact spores are distinctive. Young spores or spore fragments may be confused with Ulocladium, Stemphylium or possibly Alternaria. Commonly found in outdoor air. Distinctive, readily identifiable on tape lifts.
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