Aspergillus terreus

Health Effects

This fungus is associated with aspergillosis of the lungs and or disseminated aspergillosis (526). Found as an isolate from otomycosis — ear infection and onychomycosis — infection of finger or toe nails (26).

Growth Media

Found in warmer soil and in grains, straw, cotton, and decomposing vegetation (5).

Potential Toxin Production

Can produce the toxin patulin and citrinin which may be associated with disease in humans and other animals (5).

Spore Size

Conidia dimensions 1.8 - 2.4 microns (5) or 2 - 2.5 microns (26). Aleurospores 6-7 microns are also produced

Water Activity

0.78 (5)

Mold Reference Key

Abbreviation Reference
Aw Water Activity (Equilibrium relative humidity/100)
E Paul Ellringer
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

Aspergillus terreus
Aspergillus terreus