What Is Trichocladium SP?

Trichocladium is a genus of rare fungi that belong to the family Chaetomiaceae. Its species are mostly plant pathogens that comprise only a small proportion of the fungal biota.

History of Trichocladium SP

In 1871, a botanist, mycologist, and pharmacist named Carl (or Karl) Otto Harz erected the genus Trichocladium in Germany, where he was studying fungi families.

A decade after Otto’s discovery, mycologists all over Germany started studying the recently discovered yet mysterious genus of fungi that were found in all parts of the country.

Their studies revealed that the dark brown 2- to several-celled spores (conidia) of Trichocladium sp are produced by the swelling and subsequent delimitation of the terminal portion of short branches of its vegetative filaments.

Furthermore, their studies also revealed that most species of the genus Trichocladium are pathogens of plants, animals, or humans. They can cause several diseases in humans, over a dozen in animals, and nearly a hundred in plants.

Since the late 19th century, no significant studies have taken place on this genus.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Trichocladium SP

Since different species of the genus Trichocladium can lead to different health issues, the symptoms vary depending on the condition we’re talking about.

However, in the vast majority of cases, Trichocladium sp causes fungal keratitis — which is an infection of the eye with the following symptoms:

  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred or decreased vision
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • A feeling that something is stuck in your eye
  • Excess tears or other discharge from your eye
  • Pain and irritation that makes it difficult to open your eyelid

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that fungal keratitis can lead to permanent eye damage if it’s not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Trichocladium SP

Since Trichocladium 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, ketoconazole, or fluconazole to treat an infection caused by Trichocladium sp.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by a species of the genus Trichocladium, 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 Trichocladium sp?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill Trichocladium sp is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill Trichocladium sp in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.