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Aspergillus saccharolyticus
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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 saccharolyticus (MB 158695)

A. saccharolyticus A. Sørensen, M. Lübeck & Frisvad was described in Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 61: 3077-3083, 2011 (on page 3082). This species is placed in the A. homomorphus clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found under a toilet seat made of treated oak wood, Denmark and in a lion ant hole in Queensland, Australia. A. saccharolyticus is a very efficient producer of beta-glucosidases (Sørensen et al., Can J Microbiol 58: 1035-1046, 2012, Rana et al., Biores Technol 154: 282-289, 2014). It can produce sclerotia when induced by raisins and the sclerotia contain an indoloterpene of the paspalinine-type. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.

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