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Monday, 09 January 2006
Aspergillus fumigatus & Ergot Alkaloids - Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) January 2, 2006 \n This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Aspergillus fumigatus & Ergot Alkaloids - Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) January 2, 2006
Mold (Mycology) in the Media
January 9, 2006
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Mold (Mycology) Stories - from Cynthia Anne Coulter (Mulvihill) of Hyde Mulvihill, APC
-- Mold Problem Costs Small Town 100 Jobs (Grand Forks Herald, ND - Jan 7, 2005)
-- FBI/FDA Indicts Physician - 1930's Mold Treatment for Lumber used in Twenty-First Century Medical Fraud (INDOlink, CA - Jan 2, 2006)
-- State Farm Investigation Results in Arrest for Mold Remediation Fraud (2TheAdvocate, LA - Jan 6, 2006)
-- Sooty Mold on Plants an Indicator of Bug Infestation (Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - Jan 6, 2006)
-- Apartment owners seek dismissal for failure to prosecute mold class action (St. Clair Record, IL - Jan 5, 2006)
-- Mold Spreads as Heavy Rains Pound California (Business Wire, CA - Jan 4, 2006)
-- Mold Education: Abundant Respirable Ergot Alkaloids from the Common Airborne Fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 June; 71(6): 3106–3111)
-- School Mold: Northern California Storm Floods School, Causing Mold and Closing it for the Remainder of the Year (Ukiah Daily Journal, CA - Jan 5, 2006)
-- Court Mold: Concerns raised over mold in courthouse (Columbus Telegram, NE - Jan 4, 2006)
-- Mold & Technology: RestorationSOS(TM) is changing the way victims recover from water disasters. (PR Leap, CA - Dec 30, 2005)
-- Mold & Technology: Microbe Guard Claims $23 Mil. Mold Settlement Would Have Been Avoided by Use of Its Product (Johnson County Sun, KS - Jan 5, 2006)
-- Independent Test Confirms Mold Resistance of Industrial Nanotech's HomeProtect - New coating delivers unparalleled combination of mold resistance, corrosion prevention, and insulation for Home Protection (Houston Chronicle, United States - Jan 5, 2006)
-- Mold Professional Organizations: Five Top Indoor Environmental Professional Associations Merge with the Release of New IAQ Training Program - Industry Consolidation Continues with the Merger of EEF, NIAQI, TAIAQ, IAMRS & IAMM (PR Web, WA - Jan 5, 2006)
-- Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)
-- For Fun: Comedy Central's The Daily Show On-Line

 

Good Morning,

This week's photo is of Claviceps purpurea, or Ergot, from the Molecular Expressions website. I've featured this photo because of the Mold Education article, Abundant Respirable Ergot Alkaloids from the Common Airborne Fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 June; 71(6): 3106–3111). I wasn't able to find a microphotograph of actual Ergot alkaloids produced by Aspergillus fumigatus. If anyone knows of any, let me know.

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Mold Problem Costs Small Town 100 Jobs (Grand Forks Herald, ND - Jan 7, 2005)
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WISHEK, N.D. - City officials say a mold problem here led an Illinois company to scuttle plans for a training site that could bring as many as 100 jobs to the area.

It's a devastating blow to the town of 1,250 people, said Tom Lovik, the economic development coordinator for Wishek Job Development Authority.

Click here for Mold Problem Costs Small Town 100 Jobs (Grand Forks Herald, ND - Jan 7, 2005)


FBI/FDA Indicts Physician - 1930's Mold Treatment for Lumber used in Twenty-First Century Medical Fraud (INDOlink, CA - Jan 2, 2006)
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In late December 2005, a reputed Indian -American physician, practicing both mainstream as well as alternative medicine, became the victim of the ultimate professional indignity when the media pounced on an FBI/FDA indictment and summarily branded him “quack,” “Dr Pesticide,” “rogue” etc.

After being indicted on charges of committing medical fraud, Dr Totada Shanthaveerappa (a.k.a T. R. Shantha M.D) of Atlanta, Georgia, along with his associate Dan Bartoli, have since been granted a $100,000 bond by the Federal Court. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Click here for FBI/FDA Indicts Physician - 1930's Mold Treatment for Lumber used in Twenty-First Century Medical Fraud (INDOlink, CA - Jan 2, 2006)


State Farm Investigation Results in Arrest for Mold Remediation Fraud (2TheAdvocate, LA - Jan 6, 2006)
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Two Las Vegas men accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies and Hurricane Katrina victims of tens of thousands of dollars were extradited to Louisiana on Friday, State Police reported.

William Pinckard, 49, and James R. Rousseau, 40, were booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail on multiple counts of insurance fraud, conspiracy, burglary, criminal damage to property and theft, a State Police news release said.

Click here for State Farm Investigation Results in Arrest for Mold Remediation Fraud (2TheAdvocate, LA - Jan 6, 2006)


Sooty Mold on Plants an Indicator of Bug Infestation (Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - Jan 6, 2006)
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One of the first crops on my young valencia orange tree was a huge disappointment. The fruit tasted fine, but it was coated with an icky black covering that was pretty unappetizing. It prevented me from indulging in a gardener's greatest joy -- sharing the abundance of my home-grown produce (OK, and showing off a little bit, too) with friends and co- workers.

This nasty-looking fruit with blotchy black stuff all over it was certainly not the image that I, a Midwesterner, had of Florida oranges. My disappointing harvest tempered my joy of getting a real citrus tree of my very own just weeks before the canker-inspired moratorium on citrus trees went into effect in 1999 in Broward County.

Click here for Sooty Mold on Citrus and Indicator of Bug Infestation (Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - Jan 6, 2006)


Apartment owners seek dismissal for failure to prosecute mold class action (St. Clair Record, IL - Jan 5, 2006)
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Owners of The Bissel Apartments in Venice are asking Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian to dismiss a mold and fungus class action case filed against them last year, for failure to prosecute.

The April 2005 lawsuit alleged that the apartments had mold and fungal growth--penicillium and cladosporium --on surfaces and structures of the building that make up the complex located at 1400 Klein Ave. The class plaintiffs, former tenant Kesha Manning and plumber Claude Taylor, are represented by Alton attorney Lanny Darr.

Click here for Apartment owners seek dismissal for failure to prosecute mold class action (St. Clair Record, IL - Jan 5, 2006)


Mold Spreads as Heavy Rains Pound California (Business Wire, CA - Jan 4, 2006)
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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2006-- Weekend rains drenched Northern and Southern California leaving homes and businesses at risk for mold. Mold grows indoors during the winter season and outdoors in warmer weather. When people who are allergic to mold inhale the spores, which are airborne, they have a reaction that often includes runny nose, itchy eyes, heavy breathing and sneezing.

Molds need four things to grow: food, air, the right temperature and water. Since molds eat almost anything, the best way to control the molds is to control humidity. They gravitate toward dark, damp, warm environments and can grow on a number of things, including attic walls, house- plants and garbage pails. There are many ways to protect your home from a mold buildup. Once you have done a thorough evaluation of your home and have discovered those places where mold grows, it can be eliminated.

Click here for Mold Spreads as Heavy Rains Pound California (Business Wire, CA - Jan 4, 2006)


Mold Education: Abundant Respirable Ergot Alkaloids from the Common Airborne Fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 June; 71(6): 3106–3111)
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Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins that interact with several monoamine receptors, negatively affecting cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive, and immune systems of exposed humans and animals. Aspergillus fumigatus, a common airborne fungus and opportunistic human pathogen, can produce ergot alkaloids in broth culture. The objectives of this study were to determine if A. fumigatus accumulates ergot alkaloids in a respirable form in or on its conidia, to quantify ergot alkaloids associated with conidia produced on several different substrates, and to measure relevant physical properties of the conidia. We found at least four ergot alkaloids, fumigaclavine C, festuclavine, fumigaclavine A, and fumigaclavine B (in order of abundance), associated with conidia of A. fumigatus. Under environmentally relevant conditions, the total mass of ergot alkaloids often constituted >1% of the mass of the conidium. Ergot alkaloids were extracted from conidia produced on all media tested, and the greatest quantities were observed when the fungus was cultured on latex paint or cultured maize seedlings. The values for physical properties of conidia likely to affect their respirability (i.e., diameter, mass, and specific gravity) were significantly lower for A. fumigatus than for Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus niger, and Stachybotrys chartarum.

The demonstration of relatively high concentrations of ergot alkaloids associated with conidia of A. fumigatus presents opportunities for investigations of potential contributions of the toxins to adverse health effects associated with the fungus and to aspects of the biology of the fungus that contribute to its success.

Click here for Mold Education: Abundant Respirable Ergot Alkaloids from the Common Airborne Fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 June; 71(6): 3106–3111)


School Mold: Northern California Storm Floods School, Causing Mold and Closing it for the Remainder of the Year (Ukiah Daily Journal, CA - Jan 5, 2006)
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The Ukiah Unified School District board at a special meeting Wednesday declared an emergency in regard to the flooding of the Hopland Elementary School.

If a school district declares an emergency it essentially allows the district to hire contractors without going through a competitive bidding process - - which can take three to four weeks -- and that helps get repairs done quicker. The action requires a unanimous vote of the board and approval from the county superintendent of schools. MCOE Superintendent Paul Tichinin said he supports the action.

Click here for School Mold: Northern California Storm Floods School, Causing Mold and Closing it for the Remainder of the Year (Ukiah Daily Journal, CA - Jan 5, 2006)


Court Mold: Concerns raised over mold in courthouse (Columbus Telegram, NE - Jan 4, 2006)
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COLUMBUS - Complaints from an elected county official have prompted the Platte County Board of Supervisors to investigate the air quality in the courthouse. Supervisor chairman John Woerth told the board at its regular meeting Tuesday that Platte County Treasurer Marietta Newman voiced a concern at a Dec. 28 safety meeting over possible mold growth due to the air quality in the Platte County Courthouse.

Newman said her concerns began in the summer. “We had some of the staff complain about it, but then the public came in and complained about the air being bad and made remarks like, ‘I don't know how you can stand working in here,'” Newman said.

Click here for Court Mold: Concerns raised over mold in courthouse (Columbus Telegram, NE - Jan 4, 2006)


Mold & Technology: RestorationSOS(TM) is changing the way victims recover from water disasters. (PR Leap, CA - Dec 30, 2005)
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(PRLEAP.COM) Experts agree that if treated in a timely manner, water damage can be controlled and minimized, restoration costs can be reduced, and most importantly, mold growth can be prevented.

As a customer, searching for a restoration professional, you probably want fast reaction but at the same time you want to hire a reputable company with proper licensing and insurance. You also want the bill to be charged directly to your insurance company, and yeah, you want to see some recommendations.

Click here for Mold & Technology: RestorationSOS(TM) is changing the way victims recover from water disasters. (PR Leap, CA - Dec 30, 2005)


Mold & Technology: Microbe Guard Claims $23 Mil. Mold Settlement Would Have Been Avoided by Use of Its Product (Johnson County Sun, KS - Jan 5, 2006)
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The health problems of a Los Angeles family, who claim toxic mold caused brain damage in their 5-year- old son, could have been prevented if their house had been treated with a product like Microbe Guard, said Beth Paulsen, Microbe Guard public relations

Microbe Guard, developed by Dow Chemical in the 1960s and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1976, prevents and kills mold, mildew, bacteria and fungi on new and existing houses.

Click here for Mold & Technology: Microbe Guard Claims $23 Mil. Mold Settlement Would Have Been Avoided by Use of Its Product (Johnson County Sun, KS - Jan 5, 2006)


Independent Test Confirms Mold Resistance of Industrial Nanotech's HomeProtect - New coating delivers unparalleled combination of mold resistance, corrosion prevention, and insulation for Home Protection (Houston Chronicle, United States - Jan 5, 2006)
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NAPLES, Fla., Jan. 5, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Industrial Nanotech (Pink Sheets:INTK), a company that specializes in nanotechnology innovation and product development, has received independent laboratory results indicating remarkable mold resistance protection provided to surfaces coated with the Company's Nansulate HomeProtect(tm).

EMSL Analytical Inc., one of the nation's leading testing laboratories, compared mold growth on wooden surfaces coated with Nansulate HomeProtect to surfaces with no coating. Both were exposed to spore-producing bacteria, including Pencillium funiculosum, Aspergillus niger and Aureobasidium pullulans. After four weeks, surfaces coated with Nansulate HomeProtect exhibited zero or minimal mold growths, whereas the uncoated surfaces showed extreme to 100 percent mold coverage.

Click here for Independent Test Confirms Mold Resistance of Industrial Nanotech's HomeProtect - New coating delivers unparalleled combination of mold resistance, corrosion prevention, and insulation for Home Protection (Houston Chronicle, United States - Jan 5, 2006)


Mold Professional Organizations: Five Top Indoor Environmental Professional Associations Merge with the Release of New IAQ Training Program - Industry Consolidation Continues with the Merger of EEF, NIAQI, TAIAQ, IAMRS & IAMM (PR Web, WA - Jan 5, 2006)
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The five leading trade organizations serving professionals in the indoor environmental quality industry have announced their respective boards approval for the consolidation and unification of their programs and activities. The move is a milestone for the industry because it will result in the creation of the largest, oldest and most powerful, membership organization of its type, with more than 6,500 constituents, representing the entire IAQ and environmental field.

Proposals, signed separately by the directors of all organizations, agreed to align their specialized programs, memberships and activities of the five organizations. The Environmental Education Foundation (EEF) will act as the umbrella organization in which all other organizations will merge. Already merged into the EEF, the International Association of Mold Remediation Specialists (IAMRS) Past President, Mr. Bob Allen, applauds the boards’ unanimous decision to merge with the EEF as “a major step forward in the servicing and recognition for our members”. Mr. Allen continued, “This merger was a natural fit as the EEF is recognized globally as the leader in Indoor Air Quality and Mold related issues and now with the addition of the largest and most acclaimed membership in mold remediation, our combined strength and knowledge base is second to none.”

Click here for Mold Professional Organizations: Five Top Indoor Environmental Professional Associations Merge with the Release of New IAQ Training Program - Industry Consolidation Continues with the Merger of EEF, NIAQI, TAIAQ, IAMRS & IAMM (PR Web, WA - Jan 5, 2006)


Mold Professionals: Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill (Mold Litigation Consulting)
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Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill Cynthia Coulter Mulvihill is a California licensed attorney, admitted to practice in California state and federal courts. She has been the editor and publisher of Monday Morning Mold (Mycology) since 2002.

Ms. Mulvihill provides consulting services to Plaintiffs and Claimants - or potential Plaintiffs and Claimants; Defendants and potential defendants; attorneys; contractors; subcontractors; expert witnesses, remediators, etc. Ms. Mulvihill provides consulting services only. Her initial 15-minute consultation is free.

Ms. Mulvihill's confidential services include, depending on who she is retained by, and when:

  • Analysis of property damage and personal injuries
  • Conducting a property inspection
  • Reviewing medical records
  • Determination of the potential for a causal link between mycological issues and personal injuries
  • Research of what needs to be done to prove -- or disprove -- property damage, personal injuries, and their causal links
  • Determination what entity or entities might have caused property damage
  • Reviewing insurance policies to determine if insurance coverage is available for the claims
  • Determination what kind of expert or experts need to be retained to prove or disprove a case
  • Preparation of expert witnesses for depositions
  • Preparation of written discovery
  • Preparation of attorneys for questioning of expert witnesses
Ms. Mulvihill's work is, in general, protected by the attorney-client and attorney work-product privileges.

 

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For Fun: Comedy Central's The Daily Show On-Line
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It's a bit of a slow load, but you can now view videos of some of Jon Stewart's bits on Comedy Central.

Check out the commentary on Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon's Illness, especially the part about Pat Roberts comments about it; or "This is Wire Tap".

Click here For Fun: Comedy Central's The Daily Show On-Line


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