ASPERGILLUS, the most common Mold Spore
Finding and properly identifying mold has become one of the most important subjects to homeowners, renters, commercial realtors, and the world at large. In the world today there are thousands of different molds. Of these thousands of molds, Aspergillus is a mold that is the most common mold that is found and recognized as a common indoor mold.
Aspergillus is a really common mold that is found everywhere. In homes, it can be seen growing on damp walls. Often times it grows well in unclean air conditioners and units. It grows well in oxygen-rich locations. In homes, Aspergillus will sometimes be seen growing on starches such as bread and potatoes. Aspergillus is commonly seen growing on fruits such as oranges and tomatoes as well. Outdoors, Aspergillus grows on plants and trees in damp areas. The color of an Aspergillus colony can range from white, blue-green, yellow-green, gray, brown, and black. The color of the colony varies based on upon the species of the species of Aspergillus being observed.
Aspergillus plays several important roles in commercial industry and distribution. It is used as a fermentation agent in the commercial industry world. It is used in many alcoholic beverages. The most common alcoholic beverage that utilizes Aspergillus is “sake” a highly boozy Japanese drink. Aspergillus niger is a primary source of citric acid in the industrial food community. Aspergillus niger is also used in the decomposition of commercial wastes from restaurants, food industries, warehouses, etc.
Aspergillus is usually revered a non-harmful mold to humans. People breathe in Aspergilllus spores all the time because they are free floating in the air. There are many species of Aspergillus known to man and out of those, possibly two are known to produce toxins that are possibly harmful to human beings. It is rare that Aspergillus is seen as a potential threat or health risk to healthy humans. It may have an effect on people that have a weak immune system possibly due to HIV or AIDS. Aspergillosis is a rare disease where it invades and grows in the lung cavities. There are two common types of Aspergillosis known as Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis and Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis. These usually effect people who have an immunodeficiency and are extremely sensitive to Aspergillus. Aspergillus is also known to produce mycotoxins that are known as aflatoxins that effect crops such as corn and peanuts.
Aspergillus is the most common mold that can be found in most all indoor and outdoor settings.