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Acremonium           Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Found in decaying or dead plant materials
  • Soils

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Food
  • Commonly encountered in wet, cellulose-based building materials

Water Activity

  • Grows well indoors when there is high water content (>0.90 Aw).

Mode of Dissemination

  • Insect/water droplet
  • Older spores can be dislodged by wind

Allergenic Potential

  • Type I (hay fever, asthma)
    Type III (hypersensitivity pneumonitis)

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Known to cause hyalohyphomycosis, keratitis, mycetoma, and onychomycosis
  • Also known to cause infections in immunodeficient patients
  • Causes infections in persons with wound injuries

Industrial Uses

  • Cephalosporins

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Trichothecene mycotoxins

Other Comments

  • There are 100 known species