Hyphae and sporangia of Absidia corymbifera, SEM

Hyphae and sporangia of Absidia corymbifera, SEM

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Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Hyphae and fruiting structures (sporangia) of Absidia corymbifera (also known as Mycocladus corymbifer). Seen here are hyphae and typical pyriform-shaped sporangia with conical-shaped columella and pronounced funnel-shaped apophysis. Absidia corymbifera is found worldwide in soil and decaying organic matter. In indoor environments it has been isolated from carpet and mattress dust, potted plant soil and bird droppings. It poses an inhalation and deep skin (dermal) inoculation health risks especially to individuals with weak immune systems. It also poses a health risk related to major barrier breaks such as corneal perforation, major surgery, peritoneal or venous catheter presence, and injection drug use. It is also associated with animal disease, especially mycotic abortion. Magnification: x220 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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