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Mycological Section

Dubey, Tara [1], Thinda, Win [2], Stephenson, Steven L. [3].

Indoor Microfungi (Molds) From Residential Buildings in Northern Thailand.

The tape lift technique was used to sample the microfungi (molds) associated with various types of surfaces in buildings occupied by humans in a small village of Pha Deng (19° 07 N, 98° 44 E, elevation 900 m) located near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. A piece of transparent cellophane tape approximately 4 cm in length was applied to each of the surfaces sampled. The pieces of tape were sent to the laboratory of the first author, treated with a LCB stain and the molds present detected by means of direct microscopic examination. The predominant molds were species of Cladosporium along with the spores of various smuts. Wood surfaces tended to yield spores of unidentified ascomycetes, Chaetomium and Cladosporium, whereas concrete surfaces, the roof and the floor were dominated by Alternaria, Cladosporium and the spores of unidentified ascomycetes and basidiomycetes. Increased levels of growth of Cladosporium were observed in many samples, which may indicate potential health-related problems for exposed sensitive humans.


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1 - Macs Lab Incorporated, Microbiology, 3137 Diablo Avenue, Hayward, CA, 94545, United States
2 - Mushroom Research Foundation ,, Mycology, 128 Moo 3, Bahn Pha Deng, Chiang Mai, 50150, Thailand
3 - University of Arkansas, Department of Biological Sciences, Science and Engineering 632 , Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701, United States

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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for BSA Sections
Session: P2
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: P2MY018
Abstract ID:653


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