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Aspergillus Fungus (Mold)
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a fruiting body, or conidiophore. It is made up of chains of conidia, or spores, the reproductive cells of the fungus. Inhalation of spores and fragments by individuals with a weakened respiratory system can cause an allergic reaction known as aspergillosis.

Mold Spores

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There is in the range of 100,000 recognized fungal species include mildews, molds, mushrooms, puffballs, rusts, slime molds, smuts, truffles, and yeast.

Suggested reading:

  1. The Aspergillus Website.

  2. Spectrum of Noninfectious Health Effects From Molds, PEDIATRICS Volume 118, Number 6, December 2006

  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  4. New York State Toxic Mold Task Force, Final Report

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