Submitted to: Industrial Microbiologists Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/15/2002
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Proper identification of industrial strains of Aspergillus and Penicillium is important for a number of reasons, including: patenting, prevention of poisoning, quality control, and efficient screening for new products. To facilitate in meeting the needs of the various industries, systematists have worked to provide a stable, phylogenetically sound taxonomic system for these two genera. Methods for confirming the identity of industrial aspergilli and penicillia have also been developed. Classical, morphologically-based identification is still useful in many situations. However, physiologically- or molecularly-based systems are required for proper identification under some cirmumstances, especially when electron or molecular engineering have modified the morphological features of the fungus, or when strains with a species must be differentiated. Examples of these methods will be discussed.