Aspergillus neoniger CBS 115656 v1.0
Aspergillus neoniger
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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 neoniger (MB 560390)

A. neoniger Varga, Frisvad & Samson was described in Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011 (on page 16). This species is placed in the A. niger clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found on a sulphur sponge (Verongia sp.) in Venezuela and in desert soil in Namibia. It can produce sclerotia when induced by raisins and can produce up to 12 aflavinines in those sclerotia, including aspernomine and 10,23-dihydro-24,25-dehydroaflavinine. Furthermore isolates in the species can produce funalenone, kotanin, nigragillin, orlandin, and pyranonigrin A. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.