Cinnaminson, NJ, October 19th, 2015
Three new sections in the genus Aspergillus have been proposed and two new Aspergillus species (A. asclerogenus and A. petersonii) have been described by a group of scientists, including Dr. Željko Jurjevic, Senior Mycologist at EMSL Analytical, Inc. Other key members to the discovery included Vit Hubka, Alena Nováková, and Miroslav Kolarík.
Aspergillus is a diverse genus encompassing approximately 350 species with significant economic impact. Such high numbers of species necessarily need a phylogeny-based and phenotype-based classification which is also user-friendly. The current classification into 20 sections, plus 3 new sections, Petersonii, Robusti and Tanneri resolves the placement of all species.
“We are proud of Dr. Jurjevic’s discoveries and the overall dedication of our microbiology department at EMSL,” states Dr. Jason Dobranic, Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Dr. Jurjevic’s impressive accomplishment is a tribute to our dedicated staff that works to provide high-quality data for clients while providing breakthrough information to help the overall industry.”
The article, “Taxonomy of Aspergillus section Petersonii sect. nov. encompassing indoor and soil-borne species with predominant tropical distribution” was published in Plant Systematics and Evolution. To read the full article online that includes methods and results, please visit the link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00606-015-1248-4.
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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