Stachybotrys Isn’t Always Black!

The most common misunderstanding – and fear – about mold is around a specific mold often incorrectly referred to as “toxic black mold.” However, scientifically there are no molds with the name of “black mold” or “toxic mold.” The correct name is Stachybotrys chartarum.

Here are a few other correct facts about Stachybotrys:

Examples of Stachybotrys:

On wood; Under a microscope; In a culture plate.

Another culture plate; A different culture plate; NOT Stachybotrys.

For more information on the myths and truths surrounding black mold, read our blog here.

* Based on descriptions by accredited microbiology labs plus the primary training source for microscopy: ww.emlab.com, www.emsl.com,  http://www.prestige-em.com, www.qlabusa.com, www.mccroneinstitute.org

** Photos courtesy of Aerotech Labs CD-ROM

*** Microscope photo courtesy of McGregor Pearce https://dehs.umn.edu/stachybotrys-spp

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