Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes.
Approx. 80-90 species.
Soil, dead organic debris, hay, food stuffs.
Insect/water droplet. Wind (old growth).
Requires very wet conditions.
Produces cephalosporins, an important class of antibiotics.
Formerly called Cephalosporium.
Type I allergies (hay fever, asthma).
Type III hypersensitivity pneumonitis: Humidifier lung.
Mycetoma, keratitis, onychomycosis. Other rare infections reported in immunodeficient patients, and in persons with wound injuries. Most species of Acremonium do not grow at 37°C.
None other than cephalosporin (see industrial uses).
Grows well on all general fungal media. Small white or pale shades of pink, salmon colonies. Membranous or thinly velvety.
Not distinctive. Small one-celled, colorless spores. May be counted as "other colorless." Some spores are so small they may be missed.
Forms chains or slimy heads of conidia. Readily identifiable on tape lift samples. Often found growing with Stachybotrys.