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Toxic Fungal Species
 
Aspergillus
- produces Aflatoxin, which is one of the most potent carcinogens known to man and has been linked to a wide variety of human health problems. Aspergillus also produces Ochratoxin, which is damaging to the kidneys and liver and is also a suspected carcinogen. Patulin, which is produced by Aspergillus, is believed to cause hemorrhaging in the brain and lungs and is usually associated with apple and grape spoilage.
 
Stachybotrys
- Satratoxnin H, which is produced by Stachybotrys, is lethal in high doses and chronic low doses. This toxin is abortogenic in animals and is believed to alter immune system functions.
 
Penicillium
- Penicillium also produces Ochratoxin, which is damaging to the kidneys and liver and is also a suspected carcinogen. Citrinin, also produced by Penicillium, is linked to renal damage, vasodilatation, and bronchial constriction. Patulin, which is produced by Penicillium, is believed to cause hemorrhaging in the brain and lungs and is usually associated with apple and grape spoilage.
 
Fusarium
- produces Fumonisin, which is commonly found in corn and
corn-based products. Fumonisin toxin causes a liquefaction of the brain in horses, and chronic low exposure to humans has been linked to esophageal cancer. Fusarium also produces Vomitoxin, which has been linked to acute gastrointestinal illness in humans. Zearalenone, also produced by fusarium, targets the reproductive organs. T-2 toxin is one of the more deadly toxins produced by Fusarium. T-2 toxin can severely damage the entire digestive tract and cause rapid death due to internal hemorrhage.
Aspergillus
Aspergillus
Stachybotrys
Stachybotrys
Stachybotrys
Stachybotrys
Penicillium
Penicillium
Fusarium
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