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General Information about Torula

Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan.

Torula Mold

Torula Mold – Microscopic View

What are some of Torulas molds characteristics?

Grows well on general cellulose surfaces but spores may take special nutrients to develop or may be completely absent.

Where does Torula grow outside?

Often found growing in soil, dead herbaceous stems, wood, grasses, sugar beet root, groundnuts and oats.

Where does Torula grow inside?

Grows indoors on cellulose containing materials such as jute, old sacking, wicker, straw baskets, wood, and paper.

Is Torula “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 Torula

Is Torula a potential allergen?

Some people may experience hay fever or asthma.

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

Rare cases reported of phaeohyphomycotic sinusitis.

Can Torula produce toxins?**

Not well studied.

Identification of Torula

Can Torula be identified via Air Sampling?

Can it be identified via Direct Sampling?


What are some of Torulas industrial uses?


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