Potential Toxin Production
Can produce a kidney toxin ochratoxin A which may produce ochratoxicosis in humans (1, 5). This is also known as Balkan nephropathy (1). The toxin is produced at optimum growth conditions at 25°C and high moisture conditions. The ochratoxin may also be produced by other Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp. (1). Other toxins which can be produced by this fungus include penicillic acid, xanthomegnin, and viomellein (5). These are all reported to be kidney and liver toxins (5).
Conidia dimensions 25-3 microns (5).
Mold Reference Key
|Aw||Water Activity (Equilibrium relative humidity/100)|
|MAC||McGregor Pearce - personal experience|
|NC||Neil Carlson - personal experience|
|(1-27)||Refer to Fungal Reference page|
N. Carlson 9/92; Rev. 4/93, 7/93, 9/93, 1/94, 2/94,2/95,4/95, 5/96, 7/96