Aspergillus japonicus CBS 114.51 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 japonicus (MB 160656)

A. japonicus Saito was described in Bot Mag Tokyo 20: 61, 1906. This species is placed in the A. aculeatus clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found in Japan and indoor air in USA. It produces calbistrins, pre-aurantiamin, secalonic acid D & F. Some isolates can produce sclerotia and these sclerotia contains apolar indoloterpenes of the aflavinin-type. Many isolates have been reported to be used in industry, but some of those may be different closely related species. This species is potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.