27 Jun 2022

Acremonium kiliense (Cephalosporium acremonium)

A rapidly growing fungus that produces a pinkish colony with a colorless, pale yellow or pinkish reverse within five days, when incubated at 25oC (77oF). It is a common fungus with worldwide distribution and is found in air, soil, plants and fresh water. It can produce the mycotoxin trichothecene which can cause disease in humans and animals. Trichothecene targets the circulatory, alimentary, skin, and nervous systems. Rarely an opportunistic human pathogen causing mycetomas, nail and eye (corneal) infections.