The idea behind the mould study was to shed some light into the world of mould and plume.
Earlier in the year we asked for examples of both from members and then selected 10 representative cigars for testing.
Testing was undertaken by the team at Australia Biotech Laboratories.
In the event that a substance other than mould was detected, that substance would be further tested by Biotech laboratories or their partners in order to determine the nature of the substance.
Let us begin.
Lot 1 - Candida Parapsilosis
Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs
Candida parapsilosis is a fungal species of the yeast family that has become a significant cause of sepsis and of wound and tissue infections in immuno-compromised patients. The immune system is a major player in Candida parapsilosis infections. Candida parapsilosis is not an exclusive human pathogen, having been isolated from nonhuman sources such as domestic animals, insects or soil. Candida parapsilosis is a normal human biological relation and it is one of the fungi most frequently isolated from the human hands
Lot 2 / Lot 8 - Penicillium ascomycetous
Bolivar No. 2
Penicillium ascomycetous fungi is of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production. Some members of the genus produce penicillin, a molecule that is used as an antibiotic, which kills or stops the growth of certain kinds of bacteria inside the body. Other species are used in cheese-making. According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains over 300 species.
Diplomatico No. 2
Lot 3 / Lot 4 / Lot 5 / Lot 7 / Lot 10 - Aspergillus
Aspergillus is defined as a group of conidial fungi - that is, fungi in an asexual state. Members of the genus possess the ability to grow where a high osmotic concentration (high sugar, salt, etc.) exists. Aspergillus species are highly aerobic and are found in almost all oxygen-rich environments, where they commonly grow as moulds on the surface of a substrate, because of the high oxygen tension. Commonly, fungi grow on carbon-rich substrates like monosaccharides (such as glucose) and polysaccharides (such as amylose). Aspergillus species are common contaminants of starchy foods (such as bread and potatoes), and grow in or on many plants and trees. In addition to growth on carbon sources, many species of Aspergillus demonstrate oligotrophy where they can grow in nutrient-depleted environments, or environments with a complete lack of key nutrients.
Por Larranaga Petit Corona
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial
Lot 6 / Lot 9 - Wallemia sebi
H Upmann Magnum 50
Wallemia sebi is a dry fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota. It is commonly found on highly sugared or salted materials, such as jams, bread, cakes, sugar, bacon, salted meets, and salted fish. It is also found in indoor air, house dust, and soil. One distinctive feature of W. sebi is its relationship with water activity. Most fungi are profoundly affected by the availability of water. The ability to tolerate environments with low water activity has been found mostly in Ascomycota, but rarely in Basidiomycota. However, W. sebi. can adjust its morphology and physiology to adapt to different environmental conditions and survive osmotic stress. Wallemia sebi have lower limits for growth below water activity of 0.75aw (water activity), while most microorganisms are limited to 0.95 and above. Wallemia sebi has been isolated from hair, hay, textiles and man. It can grow slowly without additional solute in the growth medium, and form small, reddish-brown, powdery colonies.
Montecristo No. 4
There were two cigars that showed potential for being something other than mould. That proved to be a false hope. All 10 cigars in this sample testing proved to be one of four mould types.
The positive to be taken from this testing is that we now have the system set to test into the future.
With that in mind I will put up a store credit of $250 USD $350 AUD for any member who provides a cigar for testing that proves to be of crystalline substance and not mould. If you believe you have that cigar, take a photo or two and e-mail them to Greg or myself and upon review we will give you the shipping details. We will only take one to two cigars for testing at a time. We only need one cigar for testing from any individual.
Many thanks to all who have contributed to this exercise!
Rob & Greg & Jer
BioTech Report - Biotech Report 713806.pdf