Types of Mold- Pithomyces

Pithomyces chartarum is a fungus predominantly found in subtropical countries and other localities with warmer climates.[1] However, it occurs throughout the world including the United Kingdom, Europe and Netherlands.[2] Pithomyces chartarumproduces a mycotoxin called sporidesmin when it grows on plants, particularly grasses.[2] Presence of the toxin in forage grasses causes facial eczema in sheep, and is especially problematic in areas such as New Zealand where sheep are intensively raised.[3] Other health effect of P. chartarum are not well understood.[3]



Pithomyces chartarum is known to cause facial eczema in sheep and cattle,[4] prevalent in New Zealand and occasionally in Australia.[11] It is more common in sheep and deer, and goats Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pithomyces_chartarum

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