Penicillium/Aspergillus toxic molds are allergens. One species is considered pathogenic.
Penicillium/Aspergillus types of molds are often found in soil, decaying plant debris, compost piles, and rotting fruit. These toxic molds are usually blue, green, or white coloration. Wind and insects spread the spores.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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Indoor growth of Penicillium/Aspergillus can be found in the air and dust of water-damaged buildings. Wallpaper, wallpaper glue, decaying fabrics, moist chipboards, and behind the paint support mold growth. These molds can also be found in foods.
Penicillium/Aspergillus toxic molds have been known to cause allergy symptoms including hay fever and asthma. Other symptoms including hypersensitivity pneumonitis called cheese washer’s lung, woodman’s lung, and moldy wall hypersensitivity have been reported.
One species of the Penicillium species called P. marneffei, has been known to cause infection but has not yet been found in the United States.
- penicillic acid
- peptide mephrotoxin
- xanthocillin X
- mycophenolic acid
- roquefortine C&D
- cyclopiazonic acid
- isofumigaclavine A
- penitrem A
- patulin citreoviridin
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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