Smuts are considered Type I allergies (hay fever, asthma) not considered pathogenic or known to be toxigenic.
Smuts are often found on cereal crops, grasses, weeds, other fungi, and flowering plants with a brownish coloration. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind. They are parasitic plant pathogens that require a living host, so growth indoors on building materials is rare.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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As an allergen, it has been known to cause Type I allergen symptoms including hay fever and asthma.
Smuts is known as a pathogen but has not been known to cause human infection. It is not considered a toxigenic agent.
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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