Ganoderma toxic mold is an allergen, but not pathogenic or toxigenic.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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Ganoderma is often found growing on pine trees and hardwoods causing white rot, root rot, and stem rot. Sometimes these mushrooms will be seen growing on walls or flooring inside a building.
Some Ganoderma species are used in traditional Chinese medicine as an herbal supplement.
Ganoderma is also is known as a “shelf fungus” because the fruiting body forms a stalk-less shelf on the sides of trees and logs. It is sometimes called “artists conk” because when you scratch the white pores of the fruiting body, the white rubs away and exposes the brown hyphae underneath.
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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