Skin Infections Due to Arthoderma Benhamiae: Source of Inoculum.
Final rept. Aug 70-Jun 72,
LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SAN FRANCISCO CALIF
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Trichophyton mentagrophytes cannot survive in natural soil for long periods of time. The fungus can neither grow nor compete as a saprophyte in natural soil. T. mentagrophytes can successfully compete for and utilize hair and stratum corneum. Aleuriospores develop from hair only. Childrens or adult hair is a significant potential substrate from which an aleuriospore inoculum could arise. Characterization of the soil site utilized in this study showed the soil to be a loamy sand. Seventy species from 36 genera of fungi were recovered. No dermatophytes were recovered at the soil site. Author
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