Black Bread Mold - Rhizopus stolonifer
This is an economically important fungus because it causes stored food to decompose. It occurs on over 300 species, most commonly on fruit. In sweet potatoes, it causes Rhizopus soft rot by infecting fresh wounds on the potatoes.
Habitat: Sweet potato
''Rhizopus stolonifer'' is commonly known as black bread mold. It is a member of ''Zygomycota'' and considered the most important species in the genus ''Rhizopus''. It is one of the most common fungi in the world and has a global distribution although it is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is a common agent of decomposition of stored foods. Like other members of the genus ''Rhizopus'', ''R. stolonifer'' grows rapidly, mostly in indoor environments.