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New Species Discovered

Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/26/2020
Author Ashley Aneses
Title EMSL Microbiologist Contributes to the Discovery of Six New Species of Aspergillus
Introduction EMSL’s Senior Mycologist, Dr. Željko Jurjevic, takes part in the discovery of six new species of Aspergillus section Nidulantes.

Cinnaminson, NJ, February 26th , 2020

EMSL’s Senior Mycologist, Dr. Željko Jurjevic, along with an international group of scientists, discovered six new species of Aspergillus section Nidulantes. Four of the species were isolated from the indoor environment (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and USA), one originated from soil (Australia) and one from a kangaroo rat cheek pouch (USA).

Aspergillus is a genus of fungi that contains more than 400 species, with six subgenera and approximately 25 sections. Aspergillus section Nidulantes encompasses almost 80 species, mostly isolated from soil, plant material or the indoor environment. It was discovered that species from section Nidulantes are the most common Aspergillus species in the indoor environment. Common sources of novel species in Aspergillus are soil, indoor environment, food, clinical material and house dust.

“Dr. Jurjevic’s passion and expertise for scientific discovery continues to add unprecedented information on the role of fungi in indoor air quality.” said Dr. Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL is proud of our dedicated microbiology staff that provide quality results to our clients that is second to none in the industry.”

The research article, “Increasing the species diversity in the Aspergillus section Nidulantes: Six novel species mainly from the indoor environment”, was published on February 19, 2020 by the scientific journal, Mycologia. To view the 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 is one of the leading testing laboratories with 46 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-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC 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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