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MSA - Ecology/Pathology

Dubey, Tara [1], Lee, Siew Yee [1].

Mold Spores From Christmas Tree.

Air samples from around the Christmas Tree were collected to study the effect of mold spores associated with Christmas tree on the indoor air quality of residential and commercial buildings. Spore trap samples, and Anderson culture plates were analyzed from the out side samples and were compared with those collected from inside the building. More than fifteen different mold taxa were identified during this study and Aureobasidium pullulance and Mycosphaerella species were observed as the predominating mold type. This was followed by Alternaria, Basidiospores, Pencillium species, and Ascospores. Total spore count values from indoor samples were comparatively higher during the period when Christmas tree was present inside the building than those counted before arrival or after removal of Christmas tree from same location. Similar comparison of data from Anderson plates indicated a higher “cfu” counts from inside the building during the presence of Christmas tree than those values collected when it was absent. Elevated indoor spore counts, and higher “cfu” values from indoor samples during the presence of C. tree, along with the isolation of two predominating mold genera may cause health related problems to the sensitive persons exposed during the presence of Christmas tree.


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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P2
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: P2EP038
Abstract ID:680


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