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General Information regarding Epicoccum

2+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan. 

Epicoccum Mold

Microscopic View Epicoccum Mold

What are some of epicoccum's characteristics?

Grows well on cellulose surfaces.

Where does epicoccum grow outside?

Often found growing in soil, plant litter, decaying plants and or damaged plant tissue.  

Where does it grow inside?

Often found growing on a variety of building materials including but not limited to paper, textiles, and insects. 

Is epicoccum considered a "black mold"?

The term black mold (also "toxic black mold") is not scientific but is widely used by the media to usually reference Stachybotrys molds.

Health Concerns with Epicoccum

Is epicoccum a potential allergen?

Some people may experience hay fever and or asthma. 

Does it present any unique human risks? (as pathogen, opportunist or contaminant)* 

Has not been linked to any human or animal infection.

Can epicoccum produce toxins?**

The antibiotics flavipin, epicorazine A&B and indole-3-acetonitrile are produced from this type of mold.

Identification of Epicoccum

Can epicoccum be identified via Air Sampling?

May be misidentified as Ulocladium, Stemphylium or Alternaria.

Can epicoccum be identified via Direct Sampling?




What are some of its industrial uses?

None at this time.

*Other types of disease not listed in this description may also result from exposure.


**Indicates potential toxin production by given species of this genus. Not all toxins are produced by all species and the extent is highly dependent on environmental conditions. List may not be all inclusive due to new discoveries in research.