Epicoccum sp

Epicoccum sp

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Epicoccum sp

Epicoccum sp Species Information

2+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan. Conidia dimensions 15-25 microns. Epicoccum is a cosmopolitan fungus with a worldwide distribution.

Epicoccum sp Scientific Information

The conidiophores of Epicoccum are short, undistinguished and grouped in clusters. Spores are dark brown, globose and muriform (septa in both directions, like a soccer ball). Spores are often observed on colonies growing in culture as little black dots.

Epicoccum sp Growth Characteristics

Grows well on cellulose surfaces. Epicoccum has a rapid growth rate with a lanose to felty appearance. Colony colors are often bright and can include yellow, orange, red or brown.

Where is Epicoccum sp found?

It is found in plants, soil, grains, textiles and paper products. Epicoccum is a common soil and litter fungus, and is also a secondary invader of plant material. Often found growing outside in soil, plant litter, decaying plants and or damaged plant tissue. Often found growing inside on a variety of building materials including but not limited to paper, textiles, and insects.

Is Epicoccum sp Allergenic?

A common allergen. This mold can act as a potential allergen. Some people may experience hay fever and or asthma.

Epicoccum sp Health Effects

This mold has not been linked to any human or animal infection. Epicoccum is not generally considered a human pathogen

Epicoccum sp Uses

The antibiotics flavipin, epicorazine A&B and indole-3-acetonitrile are produced from this type of mold. No known industrial uses at this time.

How to test for / identify the presence of Epicoccum sp

This mold can be identified via air and direct sampling methods but may be misidentified as Ulocladium, Stemphylium or Alternaria.

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