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Carpet Monsters and Killer SporesA Natural History of Toxic Mold$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172270.001.0001

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Everlasting Strife

Everlasting Strife

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Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores

Nicholas P. Money

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the evolutionary origins of the molds and the reason for the black melanin pigmentation of many species. Stachybotrys chartarum thrives on the paper surface of gypsum drywall once this material is soaked with water. In contrast to other indoor molds that have small dry spores, the spores of Stachybotrys are relatively large and are produced in sticky heads at the top of sort stalks. This structure does not seem to be well adapted for dispersal in air currents, and little is known about the mechanisms by which this microbe is spread from one location to another.

Keywords:   evolutionary origins, melanin, pigmentation, spores

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