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Image #   29969E
Name:   Mold spores (Rhizopus oryzae)
Copyright:   Copyright 2009 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Mold spores from Rhizopus oryzae. Rhizopus oryzae (also known as Rhizopus delemar) is the most common cause of zygomycosis. Zygomycosis is a life-threatening infection (causing subcutaneous and systemic infections) that usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. Sporangiophores (sporangia) arise from stolons, opposite rhizoids, and produce angular spores with surface ridges. R. oryzae has a worldwide distribution with a high incidence in tropical and subtropical regions. It is often used in the production of fermented foods and alcoholic beverages in Indonesia, China and Japan. It can be found growing in soils, decaying vegetation, foods, and animal and bird dung. The genus Rhizopus is ubiquitous in nature and a number of species in the genus are used in industry for food fermentation, production of hydrolytic enzymes and manufacture of the fermentation products lactic acid and fumaric acid.
Magnification*: x1,335
Type: SEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   29969E acellular asexual reproduction eukaryote fungi fungus mold SEM sporangia sporangium spore Zygomycete 10.01.09 mold spore mold spores sporangiophore sporangiophores asexual spore asexual spores fungi and slime molds Rhizopus Rhizopus oryzae fungal spore fungal spores fungi spore fungi spores fungus spore fungus spores spores fungal infection fungal infections fungus infection fungus infections immunocompromised patient immunocompromised patients zygomycosis fermentation fermented food fermented foods food fermentation animal dung bird dung decaying vegetation plant material rotting vegetation Zygomycetes agroclavine ergot ergot alkaloid decaying plant decaying plants subcutaneous zygomycosis systemic zygomycosis fungal pathogen fungi pathogen fungus pathogen human disease human pathogen human pathogens soil fungi soil fungus soil microbe soil microbes soil microorganism soil microorganisms fungal mucormycosis fungi mucormycosis fungus mucormycosis mucormycosis filamentous fungi filamentous fungus hypha hyphae fungal saprophyte fungal saprophytes fungus saprophyte fungus saprophytes saprobe saprophyte saprophytes saprophytic lactic acid fumaric acid hydrolytic enzyme hydrolytic enzymes fermentation product fermentation products subcutaneous infection subcutaneous infections systemic infection systemic infections

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