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General Information about Myrothecium


8+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan.

Myrothecium Mold

Microscopic View Myrothecium Mold

What are some of this molds characteristics?

Grows well on cellulose surfaces.

Where does myrothecium grow outside?

Often found growing in soil as well as on plants and grasses.

Where does it grow inside?

Seldom found growing on a variety of substrates indoors but has been identified as an indoor contaminant.

Is myrothecium 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 Myrothecium

Is myrothecium a potential allergen?

Unknown and not well studied.

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


Can myrothecium produce toxins?**

May produce trichothecenes (verrucarins and roridnins).

Identification of Myrothecium

Can myrothecium be identified via Air Sampling?


Can it be identified via Direct Sampling?

Rarely seen.



What are some of myrothecium’s industrial uses?


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