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Molds (British English: moulds) are various fungi that cover surfaces as fluffy mycelium and usually produce masses of asexual, sometimes sexual spores. The molds are not an actual taxonomic or phylogenetic grouping – they can be found in the divisions Zygomycota, Deuteromycota or Ascomycota.

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Moldy Bread

The presence of mold usually implies decay, although some molds are used deliberately, for example in cheese-making, and for the production of antibiotics.

The numerous spores released by mold do not cause direct harm in humans, but the hyphae grown from those spores can attach to cells along the respiratory tract and cause problems in those with weak immunity.

The mold Neurospora crassa is commonly used as a model organism in scientific experiments.

See also

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