Used with permission of Dr. David C. Straus
Texas Tech University's Reference Guide for Fungi: A glossary of fungi which features research abstracts from peer-reviewed journals for each species. Find out what the type of mold in your school or building can do to humans, according to scientific research, useful for medical and legal
"In this reference guide for fungi we have listed all the fungal species we are aware of that are associated with indoor air quality investigations and more. Please note however, that this reference guide does not cover every known fungal species.
This reference guide for fungi is slightly different than some of the other very good fungal glossaries on the web. We have included detailed references and corresponding abstracts that relate to allergenicity, toxicity and fungal infection for all fungi listed.
We have a number of photographs of fungi in this reference guide. However, we have many more. We are in the process of producing a separate, comprehensive fungal guide from these photographs and the information from this web page. The guide will be available in book format and on CD at a later date. The photos will show the front and (at times important) reverse shots for several of the reference guide organisms, on 3 different media (Malt Extract Agar, Sabourauds Dextrose Agar and Potato Dextrose Agar). The photos are predominantly taken at 7 days of incubation at 25oC. Accompanying these photos are photomicrographs of these organisms.
One important note: after reading about the properties of these organisms, one can become very concerned. However, susceptibility to them can be dependant on how compromised your immune system is, the amount of fungal spores you are exposed to and how long you have been exposed to them, among other factors. Most of us breathe numerous fungal spores everyday and come to no harm."
Dr. Stephen Wilson, Director, Texas Tech University, Department of Microbiology, Microbiology and Immunology
Dr David Straus, Professor, Texas Tech University, Center for Indoor Air Research