Aspergillus carbonarius

February 17, 2014 admin

Similar to Aspergillus niger in many ways, Aspergillus carbonarius is most commonly associated with its ability to produce the mycotoxin ochratoxin (OTA), a possible carcinogen and highly harmful substance.

The main difference between A. carbonarius and A. niger is that A.carbonarius produces larger spores. Recently, A. carbonarius, A. niger and other similar molds were identified as a main possible source of OTA in grapes from various parts of South America, Europe and Australia.

Find out if you have A. carbonarius growing in your home or office, or learn about various other Aspergillus molds, by contacting Mold Busters and asking about our comprehensive mold testing and remediation services.