Mold and Fungus - What's the Difference?

A fungus (plural: fungi or funguses) is any member of the group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms.
Fungi are the principal decomposers in ecological systems
Fungi perform an essential role in the decomposition of organic matter and have fundamental roles in nutrient cycling and exchange in the environment. They have long been used as a direct source of human food, in the form of mushrooms and truffles; as a leavening agent for bread; and in the fermentation of various food products, such as wine, beer, and soy sauce. Since the 1940s, fungi have been used for the production of antibiotics, and, more recently, various enzymes produced by fungi are used industrially and in detergents.
The fungus kingdom encompasses an enormous diversity of taxa with varied ecologies, life cycle strategies, and morphologies ranging from unicellular aquatic chytrids to large mushrooms. However, little is known of the true biodiversity of Kingdom Fungi, which has been estimated at 2.2 million to 3.8 million species.

So what’s the point of this article?

NOT ALL FUNGUS ARE HARMFUL.

This brief explanation helps us understand the difference between the two most common species of fungus. If you see it in your home, what is commonly known as “mold”, don’t be alarmed! Because we probably know what to do when we see a mushroom…in the kitchen or on our pizza. 😉

While fungi plays an important role in the ecosystem, we do not want it in our home. If you do spot it in your home, and it doesn’t go away with basic cleaning procedures, then there might be an underlying moisture issue in the house and that is when you should consult your home inspector right away. 

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