Cladosporium herbarum

This is a very common fungus in nature, and it can be isolated from dead/dying plants, soil, food, wheat, textiles, floor dust, mattress dust, seawater, uranium mines and paint. In fact, it is possible that C. herbarum is the most common Cladosporium in air samples and appears to be more prevalent in summer months in British homes. However, this species was found to cause food spoilage at refrigeration temperatures. C. herbarum was found to be strongly allergenic and produces an endotoxin that has similar health effects to that produced by Stachybotrys chartarum.

Water Activity (min.):

0.85

Colonizer Group:

Mesophilic

Mycotoxins:

Cladosporium herbarum