Exposure to fungi liberated from paper-clay in a pottery fabrication studio

John T. Gyger, Mary Kay O'Rourke, Mark Van Ert

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Abstract

We observed fungal colonies on unused paper-clay bricks in a sculptural studio and had concern for mold exposure among the artists. Using two methods (Aerotech 6™ and Zeflon cassettes) we evaluated fungal concentrations inside and outside the facility prior to, during and following clay handling. Fourteen taxa of fungal colonies and spores were identified microscopically (400-1000X). The indoor/outdoor ratio prior to fabrication activities was 1.50 for viable fungi and 0.99 for total spores. The indoor ratios (pre-activity to activity) were 11.60 for viable fungi and 11.02 for total spore counts. During fabrication viable fungal concentrations by species were: Aspergillus (7-493 CFU/m3), Cladosporium (7 51 CFU/m3), Mucoraceae (14-813 CFU/m3) and Penicillium (7-813 CFU/m3) while total spore concentrations were: Cladosporium (13- 213 spores/m3), smut (40-533 spores/m3), and the combination of Penicillium/Aspergillus spores (13 - 1240 spores/m3).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011
Pages2640-2645
Number of pages6
Volume4
StatePublished - 2011
Event12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2011Jun 10 2011

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Other12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period6/5/116/10/11

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Keywords

  • Artist studio
  • Bioaerosols
  • Fabrication process
  • Fungi
  • Paper-clay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution

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Gyger, J. T., O'Rourke, M. K., & Van Ert, M. (2011). Exposure to fungi liberated from paper-clay in a pottery fabrication studio. In 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011 (Vol. 4, pp. 2640-2645)

Exposure to fungi liberated from paper-clay in a pottery fabrication studio. / Gyger, John T.; O'Rourke, Mary Kay; Van Ert, Mark.

12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011. Vol. 4 2011. p. 2640-2645.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Gyger, JT, O'Rourke, MK & Van Ert, M 2011, Exposure to fungi liberated from paper-clay in a pottery fabrication studio. in 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011. vol. 4, pp. 2640-2645, 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011, Austin, TX, United States, 6/5/11.
Gyger JT, O'Rourke MK, Van Ert M. Exposure to fungi liberated from paper-clay in a pottery fabrication studio. In 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011. Vol. 4. 2011. p. 2640-2645
Gyger, John T. ; O'Rourke, Mary Kay ; Van Ert, Mark. / Exposure to fungi liberated from paper-clay in a pottery fabrication studio. 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2011. Vol. 4 2011. pp. 2640-2645
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