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Rhizopus                 Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Dung
  • Fruits- causing rhizopus rot on stone fruits and strawberries
  • Soils
  • Vegetables

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Stored fruits and vegetables

Water Activity

  • Aw=0.93

Mode of Dissemination

  • Wind

Allergenic Potential

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

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Causal agent of zygomycosis in immunocompromised, malnourished or severely burned people

Industrial Uses

  • Used to ferment rice into miso
  • Used to ferment soybeans to tempeh and sufu

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Rhizopus oryzae produces agroclavine (an ergot alkaloid toxic to mammals)