BREATHING IN MOLD IS HARMFUL FOR YOUR HEALTH!
FUNGAL COLONIZATION OF AUTOMOBILE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
By: Dr. Robert Simmons
Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (1997) 19. 150-153
© 1997 Society for Industrial Microbiology 1367-543/97/S12 00
Air samples and swab samples of the air conditioning vent were collected from 29 automobiles in the metropolitan region of Atlanta, GA, and cultured for fungi. Among the fungi observed, species of the Acremonium, Aspergillus, Alternaria, Aureobasidium, Cladosporium, and Penicillium were in the highest densities. Transparent adhesive tape imprints, SEM observations, and enrichment culture of components of five systems demonstrated fungal hyphae on the metal surfaces and within the matrix of various insulation materials. The evaporator removed from one automobile because of a series of complaints of noxious odors was densely colonized by Penicillium viridicaum. The amplification of known allergenic and odor-producing fungi occurred within the automobile air conditioning systems…
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