Coelomycete/Phoma

Characteristics: Allergen Type I. Pathogenic dependent on genus and species, but the vast majorities do not cause disease. Not considered a toxigenic agent.

Description: It is often found as a saprophyte (an organism that grows on and derives nourishment from dead or decaying matter) or a parasite on higher plants, other fungi, lichens, and vertebrates. It is disseminated as a wet spore by insects or water disturbance and as a dry spore by the wind. For indoor growth this fungus is generally found on a variety of substrates including, but not limited to, ceiling tile and linoleum. Coelomycete may have little effect on indoor air quality because in many genera, the spores are not readily disseminated by air currents. As an allergen, it has been known to cause Type I symptoms including hay fever and asthma. It can be pathogenic dependent on genus and species, but the vast majorities do not cause disease. Not considered a toxigenic agent.


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