Aspergillus spp.

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  • Worldwide
  • Common laboratory contaminants
Aspergillus cleistothecia Professor Andrew N. Rycroft, BSc, PHD, C. Biol.F.I.Biol., FRCPath
  • Widely found in nature
    • Colonise a wide range of substrates under different environmental conditions
    • Abundant in hay, straw and grain which have heated during storage
  • Pathogenic species include Aspergillus fumigatus, A. flavus, A. nidulans, A.niger and A. terreus
  • May cause primary or secondary disease
    • Infection may be acute, chronic or benign

Produces Aflatoxin

Causes Aspergillosis