Throughout September, we are going to have a look at the different types of moulds that can grow in your home.
Moulds are microscopic fungi which cause biodegradation of materials, in other words they help organic material to decompose. Mould spores and mould fragments are in the air we breathe every day.
Moulds are important in production of various foods, food science, drinks, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals. However, some moulds can lead to diseases of animals and humans. Health problems may come from ingested or inhaled toxic compounds produced by moulds, or from allergic sensitivity to mould spores.
A mould is a fungus that grows in the form of multi-cellular filaments called hyphae. These tubular branching hyphae, form a network called mycelium.
The mycelium can look like fine, fluffy white threads over a surface.
Wood destroying fungi also have mycelium and if you see pictures of wet rot it can look like this.
The fungi need a food source, and the spores can be carried to a source through the air or be transported by something.
Mould can be different colours, depending on the type of fungus and the ‘food source’. There are very many, diverse mould species. Over the next few weeks, we’ll have a look at some of the more significant moulds that grow in the house.
For more information about mould, visit our toxic mould detection page.
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