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Biodeterioration is the most typical challenge of mankind and its list will be traced again to biblical instances or most likely prior. construction Mycology bargains with the research of fungi in and round the construction atmosphere, having direct and oblique impact at the wellbeing and fitness of the development, its fabrics, buildings and occupants.

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The size, shape, colour and ornamentation including the chemical reactions of the spores, are consistent and play an important role in the description of each species. , yeasts, Trichoderma spp. and Penicillium spp. The sexual spores when formed within a sac are called ascospores, for example Ascomycotina fungi. Sexual spores in Basidiomycotina generally develop from the end of a club-shaped structure, called the basidium. These spores are generally called basidiospores, for example the spores of Serpula lacrymans (dry rot) and wet rot fungi.

The effects of poisonous fungi were referred to in an epigram written by Euripides in about 450 BC. Fungi causing diseases in humans and other animals were almost completely neglected or ignored in human pathology until the last decade of the 19th century. However they are now recognized as potentially serious health hazards, and hence the expansion in the field of medical mycology. The exploitation of moulds to human advantage goes back to 3000 BC. The discovery of the nature of fermentation laid the foundations for a more scientific approach to the industrial exploitation of fungi.

Macmillan Press, London, pp. 122–44. Singh, J. (1993b) Biological contaminants in the built environment and their health implications, Building Research and Information, 21(4). Singh, J. and Walker, B. (eds) (1994) Allergy Problems in Buildings, Quay Publications, Lancaster (in press). Walker, B. (1990) A building aware of our needs. Building Services, December, 35–6. Wathes, C. (1989) An aerobiology of animal houses, Building Pathology, 89, 96–107. Introduction, ecology, taxonomy and economic importance of fungi in buildings 2 Jagjit Singh INTRODUCTION Fungi form a distinct group of organisms within the plant kingdom which is now regarded as a separate kingdom of the living world, with the same status as the plant and animal kingdoms.

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