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Nine new mold species discovered

July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — Scientists have identified nine new species of mold within the genus Aspergillus that potentially pose a potential health risk for all building occupants, according to a press release.

Aspergillius consists of several hundred species and is known to colonize in the lungs of vulnerable people, the release stated.

The new fungi include Aspergillus austroafricanus, Aspergillus creber, Aspergillus cvjetkovicii, Aspergillus fructus, Aspergillus jensenii, Aspergillus puulaauensis, Aspergillus subversicolor, Aspergillus tennesseensis and Aspergillus venenatus, the release noted.

Aspergillus species are known to produce the mycotoxin sterigmatocystin, which can be a cause of sick building syndrome, the release added.

According to the release, the research has been published in the June 2012 issue of IMA Fungus.

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