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Bipolaris                  Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Plant saprophyte
  • Plant pathogen of many plants, causing leaf rot, crown rot, and root rot on warm season turf grasses.

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • House plants
  • Indoor building materials

Water Activity

  • Unknown

Mode of Dissemination

  • Wind

Allergenic Potential

  • Allergic and chronic invasive sinusitis

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • B. australiensis, B. hawaiiensis
    • and
B. spicifera
    have been shown to cause:
  • cerebral and disseminated infections
  • peritonitis in patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)
  • mycotic keratitis
  • subcutaneous phaeohyphomycosis (in both normal and immunocompromised people)
  • sinusitis

Industrial Uses

  • Unknown

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Sterigmatocystin