Chapter

Everlasting Strife

Nicholas P. Money

in Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172270
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172270.003.0007
 Everlasting Strife

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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

Chapter.  5874 words. 

Subjects: Microbiology

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