Microfungus Collection and Herbarium

UAMH Centre for Global Microfungal Biodiversity

Indoor Molds

Indoor Air Quality - Assessment of Molds in the Built Environment

Stachybotrys chartarum (S. atra) is a black mold that can sometimes be found growing indoors on paper of dry wall, wood, behind wall paper, on ceiling tiles, etc. in areas that are constantly moist or that have suffered water damage or leaks.

Stachybotrys chartarum on tape sample

Stachybotrys chartarum

Stachybotrys is a potentially hazardous fungus that has been found to be associated with adverse health effects in some individuals.

Note that not all black molds are Stachybotrys and that other molds may also occur indoors. Current Canadian recommendations for indoor mold advise building occupants to clean-up and/or remove visible mold growth and to take action to reduce or eliminate moisture.