Cinnaminson, NJ, April 14th, 2015
Seven new species of fungi related to Penicillium section Cinnamopurpurea were identified by a group of scientists including Dr. Željko Jurjevic, Senior Mycologist at EMSL Analytical, Inc. Other key members to the discovery included Stephen W. Peterson and Jens C. Frisvad.
The new species include Penicillium colei, P. cvjetkovicii, P fluviserpens, P.lemhyflumine, P. monsgalena, P. monsserratidens and P. salmoniflumine. Two of the species, P. colei and P. monsserratidens, were found to produce the mycotoxin citreoviridin that has demonstrated pharmacological activity against human lung tumors. These isolates could help to provide leads in pharmaceutical research.
“We are very proud of Dr. Jurjevic’s continuous hard work and dedication in uncovering new species,” said Dr. Jason Dobranic, Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Dr. Jurjevic’s impressive accomplishment in providing breakthrough information to help the overall industry while still delivering high-quality data for clients is a tribute to our dedicated staff at EMSL.”
The research was published on April 8, 2015 in an issue of PLOS ONE (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0121987). To view the full article, please visit: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0121987.
For more information about EMSL’s microbiology division, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
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