Fungi inhabiting household environments in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mycopathologia. 1995 May;130(2):79-87. doi: 10.1007/BF01103454.


Fungi inhabiting household environments in the West, East and Central localities of Riyadh city were screened. The screened area included bedrooms, drawing rooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. The common genera of fungi isolated were Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cercospora, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Curvularia, Drechslera, Embellisia, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium, Rhizopus, Scytalidium, Trichoderma, Torula and Ulocladium. Two uncommon genera Nodulosporium and Oidiodendron for Saudi Arabian mycoflora were also isolated. In all the localities, the highest number of fungal colonies per plate or per gram were found in the living rooms, followed by bedrooms. The number of colonies per plate or per gram was in general higher in densely populated than in less populated areas.

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / isolation & purification
  • Dust
  • Environmental Microbiology*
  • Fungi / immunology
  • Fungi / isolation & purification*
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Saudi Arabia


  • Allergens
  • Dust