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Mold colonies are commonly seen in damp areas, such as basements and bathrooms.

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Soy sauce and miso production uses the mold Aspergillus oryzae and other microorganisms to ferment a soybean and wheat mixture.

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Molds are important decomposers of dead plant and animal matter.

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The enzymes and mycotoxins released by molds can inhibit the growth of other molds and microorganisms.

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The primary energy source for molds is organic matter, which is broken down into simpler compounds by enzymes released from the mycelia.

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Slime molds and water molds are not fungi, and thus not true molds.

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Moving air may prevent mold from growing since it has the same desiccating effect as lowering humidity.

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Food sources for molds in buildings include cellulose-based materials, such as wood, cardboard, and the paper facing on both sides of drywall.

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When inhaled, mold spores may germinate, attaching to cells along the respiratory tract and causing further problems in those with weak immune systems.

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Water molds (or water moulds) or oomycetes are a group of filamentous, unicellular protists, physically resembling fungi.

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When conditions do not enable growth, molds can remain alive in a dormant state, within a large range of temperatures before they die.

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Molds are often viewed negatively as causes of food spoilage and allergies.

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The mycelium grows through the medium on which the mold feeds.

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Some mycotoxins produced by molds are known to be harmful to health in all people.

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Molds do not form a specific taxonomic grouping.

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Some molds can begin growing at temperatures as low as 2 °C.

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The molds Neurospora crassa and Aspergillus nidulans are commonly used model organisms.

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Cultured molds are used in the production of foods including cheese (Penicillium spp), tempeh (Rhizopus oligosporus), quorn (Fusarium venenatum), the black tea pu-erh.

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Mold colonies often form where ventilation is poorest, and on perimeter walls, because they are coolest, thus closest to the dew point.

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All organic matter is a food source for mold; soap, paper, wood, and dust are just a few examples.

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Xerophilic molds use the humidity in the air as their only water source; other molds need more moisture.

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Molds reproduce through small spores, which can remain airborne indefinitely.

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Molds (American English) or moulds (British English) are microscopic, multicellular fungi.

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Slime molds (or slime moulds) are peculiar protists that normally take the form of amoebae, but under certain conditions develop fruiting bodies that release spores, superficially similar to the sporangia of fungi.

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The main problem with the presence of mold in buildings is the inhalation of mycotoxins.

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