What Is Mould

Author: David Lark   Date Posted:21 January 2008 

  • Moulds are simple, microscopic organisms, present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 

  • Together with mushrooms and yeasts, moulds are collectively called fungi.

  • Moulds exist to break down organic material and recycle nutrients in the environment.

  • They need a food source to grow which can be any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt, plus oxygen — and moisture.  

  • Moulds digest organic material and gradually destroy whatever they grow on -
    even your furniture,walls and floor if they get wet.  

  • When the conditions suit moulds grow on surfaces with visible discoloration -
    green, grey, brown, or black, even white and other colours.  

  • Moulds release tiny spores and fragments which travel through the air.  Often attached to these are mycotoxins and allergens which are the main ways that mould affects humans.

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