Aspergillus homomorphus CBS 101889 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 homomorphus (MB 500011)

A. homomorphus Steiman, Guiraud, Sage & Seigle-Murandi ex Frisvad & Samson was described in Stud Mycol 50: 45-61, 2004 (on page 58), and originally described by Steiman et al., System Appl Microbiol 17: 620-624 (on page 621). This species is placed in the A. homomorphus clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found in soil 2 km from the Death Sea, Israel. The mycotoxin secalonic acid D has been reported from this fungus. In addition the fungus produce many exometabolites only found in this fungus. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.