The fungus is among us.
So says a new report published in the British Mycological Society journal Fungal Biology about gunk found in household appliances such as dishwashers.
Sixty-two percent of dishwashers were found to contain fungi, according to the study, which was conducted on six continents in nearly 200 homes, with more than half being in Slovenia.
The way the research's summary describes it, "Habitats in human households may accommodate microorganisms outside the common spectrum of ubiquitous saprobes."
That's a fancy way of saying there's some feisty microbes around the underbelly of your kitchen.
Species such as Candida, Penicillium and Rhodotorula and - heavens! - the black yeasts Exophiala dermatitidis and Exophiala phaeomuriformis were consistently identified, the report said.
"This is such a new thing that we have few tips," Nina Gunde-Cimerman, a professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and an author in the study, told CNET.
Think of your dishwasher: Searing heat, vapors akin to Dante, how can anything survive - and thrive - in those conditions? And better yet, what can a homeowner do?
"A thorough heating at high temperatures would probably be beneficial, although it would not permanently remove or destroy them," Gunde-Cimerman said, according to CNET.