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Mycol Res. 2009 Feb;113(Pt 2):165-72. doi: 10.1016/j.mycres.2008.10.002. Epub 2008 Oct 26.

The study of fungi in drinking water.

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  • 1National Veterinary Institute, Section of Mycology, P.O. Box 750 Centrum, 0106 Oslo, Norway.


The occurrence of fungi in drinking water has received increased attention in the last decades, and fungi are now generally accepted as drinking water contaminants. The knowledge about the occurrence and diversity of fungi in water has increased considerably from a low knowledge base. However, the relevance of waterborne fungi for water quality and human health is poorly understood and still conflicting. Scientific reports on effective treatment against fungi in water are also few. This article presents a review of the literature on fungal water studies, including some general results, and considerations of significance, limits, contradictions, precautions, and practical consequences.

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