2 families, 50+ genera, 950+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan.
This mold will only grow on a living plant during the airborne phase, but will grow on general cellulose surfaces in the yeast phase.
Often found growing outside on grasses, cereal crops, weeds, other fungi and flowering plants. Rarely found growing indoors, but will grow on host plants if present inside.
Yes, this is an allergen which may cause hay fever and asthma.
It is not known whether this mold produces toxins.
It is not known whether this mold presents a pathogenic risk to humans.
Its industrial uses are unknown.
This mold can be identified via air and direct sampling techniques. It is hard to distinguish from periconia and myxomycetes and may be reported as "smuts, periconia, myxomycetes. It can also be found in conjunction with dust.
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