Bipolaris is a genus of ascomycete fungi belonging to the family Pleosporaceae. It has over 30 species, most of which are plant pathogens.
In 1930, thanks to Nisikado who proposed splitting the genus Helminthosporium giganteum for categorizing purposes, two new genus; Drechslera and Bipolaris were created.
However, it was a few decades later in 1959, when the genus was circumscribed by an American mycologist named Robert Alan Shoemaker.
During the 1960s, scientists all over the world conducted studies on the newly formed genus and found out that bipolaris sp were causing plant disease worldwide.
Most species of bipolaris cause leaf spots, leaf blights, melting outs, root rots, foot rots, and other plant disease symptoms mainly in high value field crops.
Furthermore, bipolaris sp is also responsible for causing devastating diseases in staple crops, such as rice and wheat, which have caused historical famines.
Meaning that throughout the history of mankind, bipolaris may have often been the cause of starvation of large human populations in several regions in the world.
Besides damaging crops, some species of bipolaris can cause disease in humans as well.
The three most common disease caused by bipolaris sp are:
- Phaeomycotic sinusitis
- Cutaneous infections
- Bipolaris infection
Since species of the bipolaris genus can cause several health issues, the symptoms vary completely depending on the condition we are talking about.
However, in the vast majority of cases, bipolaris sp leads to phaeomycotic sinusitis — which is a fungal infection with the following symptoms:
- Ear pain
- Bad breath
- Sore throat
- Cough or throat clearing
- Aching in upper jaw and teeth
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that if not treated right away, phaeomycotic sinusitis can lead to more serious issues.
Since bipolaris sp is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe antifungal drugs like amphotericin B or ketoconazole to treat an infection caused by any species of the genus bipolaris.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by bipolaris sp, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment. You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by bipolaris sp?
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