Every day there are numerous news reports dealing with “mold” and the built environment. It’s usually a mix of scaremongering, cleaning suggestions, and the occasional bit of interesting science. Generally we avoid this topic, since surprisingly little is actually known about what fungal species are actually associated with human health impacts.
This story just caught my eye since I’m sure this is an understudied area of the built environment; marijuana grow operations (MGOs). A (non-peer reviewed) study of a number of MGOs found that these residences are at a much higher risk for mold problems. Bonus points for using culturing and culture-independent methods in parallel.