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Acremonium falciforme PHIL 4167 lores.jpg
Plate culture of Acremonium falciforme
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Order: Hypocreales
Family: Hypocreaceae
Genus: Acremonium
Link (1809)
Type species
Acremonium alternatum
Link (1809)


Acremonium is a genus of fungi in the family Hypocreaceae; it used to be known as "Cephalosporium".

Clinical significance[edit]

The genus Acremonium contains about 100 species, of which most are saprophytic, being isolated from dead plant material and soil. Many species are recognized as opportunistic pathogens of man and animals, causing eumycetoma, onychomycosis, and hyalohyphomycosis. Infections of humans by fungi of this genus are rare,[1] but clinical manifestations of hyalohyphomycosis caused by Acremonium may include arthritis, osteomyelitis, peritonitis, endocarditis, pneumonia, cerebritis, and subcutaneous infection.[citation needed]

The cephalosporins, a class of β-lactam antibiotics, were derived from Acremonium (which used to be known as "Cephalosporium").

'Acremonium crotocinigenum[2]

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  1. ^ Fincher, RM; Fisher, JF; Lovell, RD; Newman, CL; Espinel-Ingroff, A; Shadomy, HJ (November 1991). "Infection due to the fungus Acremonium (cephalosporium).". Medicine 70 (6): 398–409. doi:10.1097/00005792-199111000-00005. PMID 1956281. 
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