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Emmonsia is a genus of soil fungus that can cause adiaspiromycosis, a pulmonary disease common in wild animals (but rare in humans) as well as disseminated disease.[1] Description[edit] When aerosolized spores are inhaled, they enlarge dramatically, from 2–4 μm to 40–500 μm in diameter.[1] Etymology[edit] Emmonsia was first described by Chester W. Emmons, senior mycologist with the US Public Health Service, as Haplosporangium parvum in 1942. In 1958, it was reclassified into a separate genus and named in honor of Emmons. Because these swollen cells do not replicate, Emmons and Jellison termed them “adiaspores” (from the Greek a (not) + dia (by) + spora (sowing)). As of 2017, phylogenetic analyses have concluded that fungi in this genus are polyphyletic, and proposed taxonomic changes may render the genus name obsolete.[1] References[edit]

^ a b c Henry, Ronnie (February 2017). "Etymologia: Emmonsia". Emerg Infect Dis. 23 (2): 348. doi:10.3201/eid2302.ET2302. 

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q20211802 EoL: 22527 Fungorum: 8151 GBIF: 2542763 MycoBank: 8151 NCBI: 73229

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