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Volatile production by Aspergillus versicolor as a possible cause of odor in houses affected by fungi

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Aspergillus versicolor, which has been isolated from several mould affected houses was shown by laboratory studies under axenic conditions to produce several specific volatile compounds on water agar. These compounds were not produced by the fungus when grown on a rich malt extract medium or on several synthetic media. The volatile compounds were analysed by GC-MS. The majority of the peaks represented aromatic compounds. A non-aromatic substance which previously has been revealed by us among prominent volatile compounds sampled from building materials from so-called ‘mould houses’ was produced only on water agar. According to a comparison with the mass spectrum and retention time of pure reference compound this compound is ethylhexanol, a compound not previously reported as a mould metabolite. The presence of this compound was correlated with pungent odor in the cultures.

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Bjurman, J., Kristensson, J. Volatile production by Aspergillus versicolor as a possible cause of odor in houses affected by fungi. Mycopathologia 118, 173–178 (1992).

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