Characteristics: Allergen Type I and Type III also considered to be pathogenic and toxigenic.
Description: It is often found in soil, dead organic debris, hay, and foodstuff with a white, pale pink, or salmon coloration with a thinly velvety texture. It is disseminated as a wet spore by an insect or water droplet, and as a dry spore by the wind. For indoor growth, this fungus requires very wet conditions. Most species of Acremonium do not grow at 98.6°F.
As an allergen, it has been known to cause both Type I and Type III symptoms. As a pathogen, it has been known to cause mycetoma, keratitis, onychomycosis as well as other rare infections reported in immunodeficient patients, and in persons with wound injuries.
As a toxigenic agent, it produces cephalosporins, an important class of antibiotics.
Acremonium was formerly referred to in the science world as Cephalosporium.