Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/30/2007
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Aspergillus flavus produces aflatoxins and is the second leading cause of aspergillosis in immunocompromised individuals. Aspergillus oryzae, on the other hand, has been used for centuries in Japan for the fermentation of food. The recently available whole genome sequences of Aspergillus flavus and A. oryzae present an opportunity to carefully examine two fungi with different ecologies but very similar morphology. The sequence reads for A. flavus and A. oryzae have been deposited at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). We are currently finishing the annotation of the A. flavus genome with the goal of submitting the annotated genome to NCBI within six months. The results presented here represent an early peek into the similarities and differences between these two fungi based on a comparison of their genomes.