Aspergillus sclerotiicarbonarius CBS 121057 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 sclerotiicarbonarius (MB 504407)

A. sclerotiicarbonarius Noonim, Frisvad, Varga & Samson was described in Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 58: 1727-1734 (on page 1733). This species is placed in the A. carbonarius clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found in Robusta green coffee beans in Thailand, and produce sclerotia readily. By crossing the two mating-types of A. sclerotiicarbonarius a sexual state was found (Darbyshir et al., Fung Gen Rep (Suppl) 60: 290, 2013). A. sclerotiicarbonarius produces aurasperone B, pyranonigrin A and paspaline-like indoloterpenes in the sclerotia. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.