26 Jun 2022

Neurospora species

A rapidly-growing fungus that produces a pink colony within seven days, when incubated at 25oC (77oF). It produces enormous amounts of conidia. When mating types (+/-) are present, it produces dark colored, pyriform, and beaked perithecia (a closed structure with a pore). Eight ascospores are found in each asci inside the perithecia. It is found worldwide in soil, on plants, and in bakeries causing red bread mold. There have not been any reports of human infections .