Aspergillus fijiensis CBS 313.89 v1.0
Photo credit: Ellen Kirstine Lyhne
Photo credit: Ellen Kirstine Lyhne

This species was sequenced as a part of the Aspergillus whole-genus sequencing project - a project dedicated to performing whole-genome sequencing of all members of the Aspergillus genus. The Aspergilli is a ubiquitous and species-rich genus, currently containing more than 300 filamentous fungi. The genus covers a wide range of phenotypes and has a substantial economic foot print, as it includes fermenters of foodstuffs, key cell factories for production of enzymes and organic acids, plant pathogens, model organisms for cell biology, human opportunistic pathogens, producers of animal and human mycotoxins, and degraders of a wide range of organic biomass relevant for bioenergy conversion.

Aspergillus fijiensis (MB 560388)

A. fijiensis Varga, Frisvad & Samson was described in Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011 (on page 9). It has been found in soil on Fiji Islands and on Lactura sativa in Indonesia and in indoor air in USA (Jurjević et al., IMA Fungus 3: 159-173, 2012). This species is placed in the A. aculeatus clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). Many isolates of the species can produce sclerotia, including CBS 313.89. Stains in this species can produce asperflavin, asperparalines, calbistrins, emodin, okaramins, pre-aurantiamin, secalonic acid D & F, and an indoloterpene of the paspalinin-type in the sclerotia. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.