Fusarium • Fusarium
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms.
Physical description: Irregularly shaped orange-brown areas
of turf, a few centimeters in diameter develop, sometimes with
a white or pink fluffy fungal growth around the edge of the patch.
Environmental factors: Found in soil, subterranean and aerial plant parts, plant debris, and other organic substrates; present in water worldwide as part of water structure biofilms; occasionally found on a variety of substrates; requires very wet conditions; very common among farms and other crop areas2, 3
Cross-reactivity: Penicillium and aspergillus4
Included species: Fusarium vasinfectum, fusarium roseum, fusarium proliferatum, and more.
- “Fusarium.”Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusarium
- “Fusarium.”Environix. https://www.environix.com/mold/learning/types-of-mold/fusarium/
- Butterfield, Delilah. “Fusarium: Do You Know The Danger?” HERB. http://herb.co/2016/05/27/fusarium-danger/
- “FCGP.” Fusarium Comparative Genomics Platform. http://genomics.fusariumdb.org/species.php
Did You Know?
When fusarium gets out of hand, it is a pathogen to crops around the globe. Fusarium can survive dormant for years inside the soil.