Humanfungi 2008


Visual fantasy of my infected living space and planetary environment.

Τhe project was carried out in collaboration with the Department of Biology, Section of Ecology and Classification, of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The fungi which were cultivated belong to the Kingdom of Fungi, are greek and a product of a series of isolations performed by the group for fungi research of the Department of Biology of the University of Athensand have been submitted at the ATHUM.


1)   Chaetomium sp. (a kind of Chaetomium)

It  belongs to the species of askomyces.  Most kinds of the Chaetomium species spread universally and grow on various sub-strata outdoors and indoors, but mainly on those that contain cellulose (eg. Vegetable remains, paper, textiles).  It has been proven that they are cytolytic.  Some kinds produce mycotoxines and others are pathogenic to man.  It is a common species in Greece.

2)   Penicillium chrysogenum

Consists one of the most common sub-species of the Penicillium species worldwide. It  belongs to the sub-species of anamorphic fungi.  It grows on many sub-strata in nature and indoors (eg. Soil, food).  Its seeds carried by the wind may cause man allergies.  Some of its sub-species may produce penicillin and cytolytic enzymes.  It is a very common species in Greece.

3)   Eurotium  amstelodami

It belongs to the species of askomyces.  It is usually found in tropical and sub-tropical areas, and sometimes in temperate areas.  It is a xerophilous kind which grows in soil, but also in dry stored food and cereals with low humidity activity.  It is a rare kind in Greece.