Aspergillus fumigatus

March 25, 2014 John Ward

Aspergillus fumigatus is the most common species in the Aspergillus group identified in human infection. It grows almost anywhere and on any type of substance; however, it’s particularly common in soil and decaying organic material. Other places to find A. fumigatus is in compost piles and cereals.

Blue-green to grey in colour, A. fumigatus has a wool or cotton-like texture. With a rapid growth rate, it grows well at 35°C.

Both allergenic and a major human pathogen, A. fumigatus has been reported to produce a number of mycotoxins that can cause both allergic and invasive disease. It is also the most common cause of aspergillosis in both humans and animals.