There are over 100,000
species of fungi. Many fungi are good and useful (edible mushrooms would be an
example of these) while some cause problems (some fungi can injure plants and
humans). Every week the IEQ Review will describe a specific microorganism, its
morphological origin and potential health effects. If you would like to
know about a specific organism and/or would like it published in The
IEQ Review please email Dr. Rajiv Sahay with the Environmental
Diagnostics Laboratory (EDL) at Pure Air Control Services email@example.com.
This week we will cover ...
A moderately rapid growing
fungus that produces a intense blue-green to grayish blue colony within
fourteen days, when incubated at 25oC (77oF). It is found worldwide and can be
isolated from air, soil, desert soil, mangrove swamps, sewage, mines, seawater,
bird feathers, cotton fabrics, leather, and foodstuffs. Rarely it is an
opportunistic human pathogen causing nail infections (onychomycosis).
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