Aspergillus costaricaensis CBS 115574 v1.0
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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 costaricaensis (MB 500007)

A. costaricaensis Samson & Frisvad was described in Stud Mycol 50: 45-61, 2004 (on page 52). It has been found in soil in Gaugin Garden on Taboga Island, Costa Rica. This species is placed in the A. niger clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It produces aurasperone B and other naphtho-γ-pyrones, pyranonigrin A, corymbiferan lactones, and the sclerotium associated metabolites 10,23-dihydro-24,25-dehydroalflavinine and other aflavinines. Sclerotia are produced on all media at the expense of conidial structures. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.

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