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Aspergillus uvarum
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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 uvarum (MB 10962)

A. uvarum G. Perrone et al. was described in Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 58: 1032-1039, 2008 (on page 1036). This species is placed in the A. aculeatus clade (Varga et al., Stud Mycol 69: 1-17, 2011). It has been found in grapes in France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Isolates in the species produce asterric acid, erdin, dihydroerdin, geodin, secalonic acid D & F (Perrone et al., Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 58: 1032-1039). The species is common in grapes, but it has not been reported to produce ochratoxin A. Its industrial potential has not been explored yet. This species is a potential candidate for bioindustrial applications.

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