WHAT IS MOLD?

Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. Mold is known as nature’s recycler, since it causes the decomposition  of the organic and porous materials on which it roots and grows.

There are thousands of known species of molds. They all require moisture for growth. Like all fungi, molds derive their energy not through photosynthesis but from the organic matter on which they root and grow.

Molds reproduce by producing large numbers of small spores. These spores are adapted for wind dispersal and may remain airborne for long periods of time.

The presence of mold is not visible until it forms large colonies. A mold colony is an interconnected network of hyphae.

When conditions do not enable mold growth to take place, the mold spore remains alive but dormant. Some molds remain dormant during harsh conditions, such as low temperatures and snow-cover, then propagate when conditions improve.

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