Aspergillus lacticoffeatus CBS 101883 v1.0
Aspergillus lacticoffeatus
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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 lacticoffeatus (MB 500008)

A. lacticoffeatus Frisvad & Samson was described in Stud Mycol 50:p39, 2004. This species is placed in the A. niger clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found in green coffee beans in Venezuela and Indonesia. The species is closely related to Aspergillus niger, and has an unfunctional PKS gene (pksA) for the production of the black conidium pigment (Jørgensen et al., Fung Genet Biol 48: 544-553, 2011). Some isolates of this species are able to produce the mycotoxins fumonisin B2 and ochratoxin A, in addition to kotanin, orlandin and pyranonigrin A. Non-toxigenic isolates are potential candidates for bioindustrial applications.