Compost fungi and allergies (long reply but may be useful to some)

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflondon at
Wed Jul 14 06:41:32 EDT 1999

On Wed, 14 Jul 1999 09:11:55 -0300, Marsha Hanzi <hanzibra at>

>Dear friends at the list:
>    I just received a letter from a person who  is implanting a garden
>in a  kindergarden  using compost of horse manure and straw, and a heavy
>mulch of cut grass.  One of the children has presented respiratory
>problems, and this child's father has suggested that the culpit may be
>the fungi involved in the decomposition process of the garden.
>(However, the children were also exposed to dust  about the same time).
>Have any of you heard about allergic reactions  to these fungi?   I
>would appreciate the information, which I shall pass on to the person
>Thank you very much.
>Marsha Hanzi
>Instituto de Permacultura da Bahia


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