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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/30/2017
Author Alexandra Gentile
Title EMSL Microbiologist Contributes to the Identification of 14 New Species of Aspergillus
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. congratulates Dr. Željko Jurjevic on his discovery.

Cinnaminson,  NJ, October 30th, 2017

EMSL’s Senior Mycologist, Dr. Željko Jurjevic, along with scientists from around the world, have discovered 14 new Aspergillus species in section Restricti. Aspergillus section Restricti along with sister section Aspergillus (formerly Eurotium) comprises xerophilic species, which are able to grow on substrates with low water activity and in extreme environments.

Through species delimitation methods based on a multispecies coalescent model, 21 species were suggested to belong in Aspergillus sect. Restricti. Then, DNA sequencing was conducted from four loci, i.e., ID region of rDNA (ITS + 28S), CaMbenA and RPB2. This allowed for the recognition of 14 new species to be identified. Mycophenolic acid was detected for the first time in at least six members of the section.

“We are very proud of Dr. Jurjevic’s discoveries and the overall dedication of our microbiology department at EMSL,” said Dr. Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., 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 research article, Phylogeny of xerophilic aspergilli (subgenus Aspergillus) and taxonomic revision of section Restricti, was published in the September 2017 issue of Studies in Mycology. To view the full article, please click here.

For a complete list of EMSL’s laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit www.EMSL.com. For more information about EMSL’s testing services, please call our Customer Service Center at (800) 220-3675 or email info@emsl.com.  

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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