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Penicillium Mold

Genus: Penicillium


Brush-like fruiting structure.


Primarily a soil dweller, this subject was taken from a Petri dish containing Potato Dextrose Agar and exposed to outside air.


This genus gets its name from the Latin root word meaning "artist's brush".

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1 Comment

KarenL 10 years ago

Fun fact! Fungi gets the blame for a number of health issues including allergies, athlete's foot and respiratory problems, but did you know that some fungi can actually be beneficial to your health? The microscopic Penicillium mold is used to create the antibiotic penicillin, the first fungus to go to medical school, but not the last. Today, doctors use fungi to treat high cholesterol and treat conditions such as hepatitus B, high cholesterol, the flu and even cancer.

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Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 6, 2012
Submitted on Nov 30, 2012

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