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Title: Polyphasic taxonomy of Aspergillus section Fumigati and its teleomorph Neosartorya

item SAMSON, R
item HONG, S
item Peterson, Stephen
item VARGA, J

Submitted to: Studies in Mycology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2007
Publication Date: 12/15/2007
Citation: Samson, R.A., Hong, S., Peterson, S.W., Frisvad, J.C., Varga, J. 2007. Polyphasic taxonomy of Aspergillus section Fumigati and its teleomorph Neosartorya. Studies in Mycology. 59:147-203.

Interpretive Summary: Many new mold species in the group Neosartorya have been described in the past ten years. This group includes species that cause human disease and other species that are spoilage organisms in fruit juices. It is valuable to compare and contrast all of the new and old species in a single work, which we have done here. We have discovered and documented the most effective ways to identify individual molds in this group. In order to make this work available to the broadest audience, we describe molecular techniques and observational techniques that can be used to identify the species in modern laboratories or in less well equipped facilities around the world. This study will be useful in clinical laboratories and for the fruit juice industry.

Technical Abstract: We revised the taxonomy of Aspergillus section Fumigati along with its teleomorph genus Neosartorya. Our species concept is based phenotype (morphology and extrolite profiles) and molecular (beta-tubulin and calmodulin gene sequences) characters in a polyphasic approach. Four new taxa are proposed: N. australiensis N. ferenczii, N. papuaensis and N. warcupii. All newly described and accepted species are illustrated. The section consists of 33 taxa: 10 strictly anamorphic Aspergillus species and 23 Neosartorya species. Four other Neosartorya species described previously were not available for this monograph, and consequently are relegated to the category of doubtful species.