There are no reports of human allergic responses from Ustilago toxic mold.
No information is available regarding toxicity or pathogens.
This is part of the Smuts family, that has been documented as a cause of allergies.
- Allergen: coughing and sniffles
- Toxigenic: young, sick, and elderly
- Pathogenic: everyone
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The smuts are major plant pathogens. Smuts has been documented as a cause of hay fever and asthma.
Ustilago is present in the air as dry brown spores (teliospores) and will grow in culture as yeast (basidiospores).
Natural habitat includes grasses, cereal crops, weeds, other fungi, and other flowering plants (many types).
Additional information can be found at EMLab Fungal Library.
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