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Basidiospore


Basidiospore          Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Forest floors
  • Lawns
  • Plants (saprobes or pathogens depending on genus)

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Depends on genus
  • Wood products

Water Activity

  • Unknown

Mode of Dissemination

  • Forcible ejection
  • Wind currents

Allergenic Potential

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

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Depends on genus

Industrial Uses

  • Edible mushrooms are used in the food industry

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Amanitins
  • monomethyl-hydrazine
  • muscarine
  • ibotenic acid
  • psilocybin.

Other Comments

  • Basidiospores are the result of sexual reproduction and formed on a structure called the basidium. Basidiospores belong to the members of the Phylum Basidiomycota, which includes mushrooms, shelf fungi, rusts, and smuts