BLACK MOULD, WHITE MOULD, BREAD MOULD  & TOXIC MOULD

BLACK MOULD

  • Black Mould is not a proper name or description of mould
  • It is the common name given to visible mould growth. 
  • Many moulds have a pigmentation in them the same as the pigmentation in our skin, called Melanin. This gives the mould the black colouring. 

WHITE MOULD

  • White Mould is not a proper name or description of mould
  • White mould is normally fussy and is either basidiomycetes (wood rotting fungus) or it is the hyphae of a mould that is not producing spores (conidia). 
  • Normally only the Spores or Conidia contain Melanin pigmentation so the fungal hyphae are clear or white in appearance when they grow en-mass. 

BREAD MOULD

  • Bread Mould is not a proper name or description of mould.
  • It is the common name given to moulds that grow on bread, which are typically penicillium with a white outer and green inner coloration. 

TOXIC MOULD & TOXIC BLACK MOULD

  • Toxic Mould is not a proper name or description of mould
  • This is a term generated by scaremongers and the hype surrounding a particular fungus called Stachybotrys.  
  • This fungus is know (and many others) to produce toxins that can greatly affect people health regardless of whether a person is sensitized to mould or not.  
  • The toxins are typically mycotoxins and are eithe roffgasses as a metabolic byproduct or they are found in the spores or conidia.