(MEA) is considered a general recovery agar, although it is poor at recovering many of the dark colored fungi that commonly inhabit the indoor air. Most of these type of fungi are reported out as Sterile Dark or Sterile Mycelium. Stachybotrys grows very slowly on MEA and is not often recovered if large numbers if other types of fungi are present.
is used to recover species of Aspergillus and Penicillium. There are approximately 400 species of these two genera, many of which can be recovered in the indoor air,carpet and HVAC systems.
is primarily used to recover the dark colored fungi that commonly inhabit the indoor environment. The fungi of interest that grows very well on Cellulose is Chaetomium globosum, which is a major indicator of water intrusion. It is also commonly recovered with Stachybotrys chartarum. Unfortunately, Cellulose, which is primarily used to recover Stachybotrys, does not provide for rapid recovery or accurate numbers. Fungi that do grow well on Cellulose Agar include Alternaria, Bipolaris, Curvularia, Epicoccum, Pithomyces, Chaetomium, Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus terreus.
The numbers and identifications that are reported to the client come from the combination of the above named agars.
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