Epicoccum

Characteristics: Common type I allergen, no reported cases of pathogenic characteristics, and produces toxigenic antibiotic substances including flavipin, epicorazine A & B, and indole-3-acetonitrile.

Description: It is often found in plant debris and soil typically with an orange reverse pigment. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind or released by hygroscopic movement. For indoor growth this fungus is usually found on many different substrates including, but not limited to, paper, textiles, and insects. As an allergen, it has been known to cause type I allergen symptoms including asthma and hay fever. It is not known to be a pathogen. As a toxigenic agent, it produces antibiotic substances including flavipin, epicorazine A & B, and indole-3-acetonitrile.


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