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Acremonium

This elegant Hyphomycete produces long slender phialides arising directly from the vegetative hyphae upper micrograph) or from hyphal 'ropes' (lower micrograph).   The conidia are 'wet-spored' and are produced in a watery slime that results in a ball of conidia gathering at the tip of the conidiogenous cell (phialide).   This fungus is common in soil.   Many of the species of Acremonium were formerly contained in the genus Cephalosporium.   A species of this group is the source of the valuable antibiotic called cephalosporin.

   Micrographs from MycoAlbum CD