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General Information about Pithomyces

Pithomyces is a fungus that typically grows in warmer climates but can grow anywhere with the right conditions.

15+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan.

Pithomyces mold

What are some of this molds characteristics?

This mold tends to grow well on cellulose surfaces.  The growth of spores may be less rapid compared to other types of mold

Where does pithomyces grow outside?

Often found growing in soil, decaying leaves and grasses.

Where does pithomyces grow inside?

Rarely found growing indoors, but will grow on paper given the right conditions.


Is this “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 about Pithomyces

Is pithomyces a potential allergen?

Not well studied.

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

Not well studied.

Can pithomyces produce toxins?**

These include:  Sporidesmin


Identification Pithomyces

Can pithomyces be identified via Air Sampling?

Can pithomyces be identified via Direct Sampling?

Easily identified but rarely found.




What are some of pithomyces industrial uses?


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