Mold of the month - Talaromyces islandicus
When examining particle traces or adhesive film preparations, the spores of the genus Talaromyces are assigned to the spore type Aspergillus / Penicillium. A doubtless assignment is not possible without spore carriers. The spore type subsumes a number of mold genera whose spores can be described as small and round. The characteristics in direct microscopic methods are often insufficient to determine the genus beyond doubt.
According to TRBA 460, the mold species Talaromyces islandicus is classified in biological risk group 1. Thus, there is no known increased risk of infection to humans.