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Is there any scientific proof that spagnum peat is a type of fertilizer, found in potting soil, and has been known to cause humans, such as forrestry workers and garden nursery personnel to contract a fungus known as Sporotricosis?



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Sporothrix schenkii is a fungus that commonly grow on plant material. The classic case is found in gardeners who work around roses and prick themselves on a thorn and get a red swollen lesion that can spread up the affected extremity. This yeast is a dimorphic fungus which means that at room temperature it is in the mold phase and will appear "fuzzy". At body temperature it is in the unicellular yeast phase and can become a systemic (whole body) disease. I imagine that this fungus can be found in peat moss as well.

Van Hoeck



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