|Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes.|
|Distribution||Where Found||Mode of Dissemination|
Approx. 80-90 species.
|Soil, dead organic debris, hay, food stuffs.||Wet spore.
Insect/water droplet. Wind (old growth).
|Allergen||Potential Opportunist or Pathogen||Potential Toxin Production|
|Type I allergies (hay fever, asthma).
Type III hypersensitivity pneumonitis: Humidifier lung.
|Mycetoma, keratitis, onychomycosis. Other rare infections reported in immunodeficient patients, and in persons with wound injuries. Most species of Acremonium do not grow at 37°C.||None other than cephalosporin (see industrial uses).|
|Growth Indoors||Industrial Uses||Other Comments|
Requires very wet conditions.
|Produces cephalosporins, an important class of antibiotics.||Formerly called Cephalosporium.|
|Characteristics: Growth/Culture||Notes on Spore Trap Recognition||Notes on Tape Lift Recognition|
|Grows well on all general fungal media. Small white or pale shades of pink, salmon colonies. Membranous or thinly velvety.||Not distinctive. Small one-celled, colorless spores. May be counted as "other colorless." Some spores are so small they may be missed.||Forms chains or slimy heads of conidia. Readily identifiable on tape lift samples. Often found growing with Stachybotrys.|
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