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Aureobasidium      Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Soils
  • Plant leaf and stem tissue
  • Wood
  • Fresh Water
  • Plant Debris

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Damp areas including kitchens, bathrooms, grout, and shower curtains
  • Painted interior surfaces and textiles
  • Skin and nails of people

Water Activity

  • Grows well where moisture accumulates (88.5 RH on woodchip wallpaper)

Mode of Dissemination

  • Water droplets, rain
  • Wind when spores become dry

Allergenic Potential

  • Type I (asthma and hay fever)
  • Type III (hypersensitivity)
  • Skin irritant causing dermatitis

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Keratomycosis
  • Phaehyphomycosis
  • Pulmonary mycosis with sepsis

Industrial Uses

  • A. pullulans produces pullulan which is used for packaging food and drugs

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Unknown