A Dry Bathroom Is A Healthy Bathroom
For many people, mold is just that stuff that grows on bread and really isn't a big deal. But molds are a very diverse group of organisms, as well as quite common. For some people, exposure to the wrong type of mold can be life-threatening. What determines the wrong type of mold? Well, researchers are still trying to figure that out.
Use the resources below to answer the following questions:
- What kinds of symptoms can develop after exposure to mold spores? Why are the symptoms so varied? Consider the difference between a primary and opportunistic pathogen in answering this question.
- What do molds usually do in the environment? How is this beneficial to ecosystems? Why are they less common indoors?
- What is a mycotoxin? Why are mold species that produce these particularly harmful? What have mycotoxins been used for?
- Why is moisture important to molds? What happens to molds in dry environments?