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Stachybotrys         Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Decaying plant materials
  • Soil

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Water damaged building materials such as: ceiling tiles, gypsum board, insulation backing, sheet rock, and wall paper
  • Paper
  • Textiles

Water Activity

  • Aw=0.94

Mode of Dissemination

  • Insects
  • Water
  • Wind

Allergenic Potential

  • Type I (hay fever, asthma)

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Unknown

Industrial Uses

  • Unknown

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Cyclosporins
  • Macrocyclic trichothecenes: roridin E, satratoxin F, G & H, sporidesmin G, trichoverrol, verrucarin J
  • Stachybotryolactone

Other Comments

  • Stachybotrys may play a role in the development of sick building syndrome. The presence of this fungus can be significant due to its ability to produce mycotoxins. Exposure to the toxins can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or skin exposure