There are innumerable types of mold. However, approximately 100 genera (singular for genus) of molds have been related to indoor air quality investigations and illness. Within a genera, several species may exist, one or more of which could possibly be toxic or pathogenic.
A type of fungus that rapidly reproduces by making spores instead of seeds. The mold spores are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. The mold spores float in the air like microscopic pollen. The many different types of mold and mold spores range from neutral to toxic. Some types of mold spores can pose a health risk, depending on the species and quantity that is inhaled.
Mold spores –
A microscopic one-celled reproductive body that is reproduced by mold and can be found in the air environment we breathe. A mold spore is capable of giving rise to a new individual adult spore either immediately or after an interval of dormancy. When inhaled, many types of mold spores can cause health problems.
Raw count –
The precise amount of mold that was collected during testing.
A cubic meter of air space.
Mold fungi –
Mold along with the spores produced by mold.
Sample environment –
A particular location to be tested. We recommend starting with an area where people spend the most time, such as a living room, bedroom, or office.
Mold spore species –
There are many types of molds and mold spores that can grow and reproduce in an indoor environment. Each mold and mold spore can be categorized and identified by its species.
Identifying the species of mold and mold spores present, along with the quantity per meter in the indoor environment, is particularly important in the mold detection process.