can it be identified by air sample?

Often found growing in soil, decaying plant debris, compost piles, and fruit rot.

Some people may experience hay fever, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis:  cheese washer’s lung, woodman’s lung, moldy wall hypersensitivity.  Due to it’s allergenic capabilities, professional mold remediation is recommended.

what are some of its characteristics?

These molds can lead to rare cases of onychomycosis (nail infection).

can it be identified by direct sample?

Although indistinguishable from Aspergillus species

Is it harmful to humans?


200+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan, one of the most commonly found molds.  Often produces microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC’s) that give the distinctive heavy, musty odor.

Easily identified if sporulating structures are observed, otherwise may be indestiguishable from Aspergillus species

is it a potential allergen?

industrial use

where does it growinside?


Used in roquefort and camembert cheese, salami-sausages starter culture; anti-bacterial antimicrobial penicillin, and anti-fungal antimicrobial griseofulvin.

can it produce toxins?

General Information
Health Concerns

is it considered a black mold?

Where does it growoutside?

Often found growing indoors on water damaged building materials (chipboard/OSB, plywood, wallpaper, glue) as well as on food items (dried foods, cheeses, fruits, herbs, spices, cereals)

These include:  penicillic acid, peptide nephrotoxin, viomellein, xanthomegin, xanthocillin X, mycophenolic acid, roquefortine C & D, citrinin, penicillin, cyclopiazonic acid, isofumigaclavine A, penitrem A, decumbin, patulin citreoviridin, griseofulvin, verruculogen, ochratoxin, chrysogine, and meleagrin.

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Office: (208) 535-3289

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

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