Pithomyces

Characteristics: Not studied as an allergen, no reports of being pathogenic, and produces the toxin Sporidesmin.

Description: It is often found in dead leaves of more than 50 different plants, especially leaf fodders as well as in soil and grasses with a tan to brown coloration. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind. It is rarely found indoors unless growing on paper or houseplants. As an allergen, it has not been studied. It has not been reported as being pathogenic. As a toxigenic agent, it produces sporidesmin. Pithomyces chartarum is one of the causes of facial eczema in sheep in New Zealand.


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