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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Subkingdom: Dikarya
Phylum: Ascomycota
Subphylum: Ascomycotina
Order: Saccharomycetales
Family: Endomycetaceae
Genus: Geotrichum
Species: See text.

Geotrichum is a genus of fungi found worldwide in soil, water, air, and sewage, as well as in plants, cereals, and dairy products; it is also commonly found in normal human flora and is isolated from sputum and feces. It was first described in 1809 by Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link.[1]

The genus Geotrichum includes several species: The most common species is Geotrichum candidum. Geotrichum clavatum and Geotrichum fici are among other Geotrichum species. Geotrichum fici has an intense smell resembling that of pineapple.

Yeast-like and mold-like strains have been identified.[2]


  1. ^ J.W. Carmichael (1957) "Geotrichum candidum", Mycologia, Vol. 49, No. 6, Nov. - Dec., 1.
  2. ^ Gente S, Desmasures N, Jacopin C, et al. (June 2002). "Intra-species chromosome-length polymorphism in Geotrichum candidum revealed by pulsed field gel electrophoresis". Int. J. Food Microbiol. 76 (1-2): 127–34. doi:10.1016/S0168-1605(02)00023-5. PMID 12038569.