Aspergillus bertholletius sp. nov. from Brazil Nuts

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012



  • Author: Taniwaki, Marta H.

    Instituto de Technologia de Alimentos, Brazil

  • Author: Pitt, John I.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

  • Author: Iamanaka, Beatriz T.

    Instituto de Technologia de Alimentos, Brazil

  • Author: Sartori, Daniele

    Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil

  • Author: Copetti, Marina V.

    Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil

  • Author: Balajee, Arun

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States

  • Author: Fungaro, Maria Helena P.

    Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil

  • Author: Frisvad, Jens Christian

    Center for Microbial Biotechnology, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark

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During a study on the mycobiota of brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa) in Brazil, a new Aspergillus species, A. bertholletius, was found, and is described here. A polyphasic approach was applied using morphological characters, extrolite data as well as partial beta-tubulin, calmodulin and ITS sequences to characterize this taxon. A. bertholletius is represented by nineteen isolates from samples of brazil nuts at various stages of production and soil close to Bertholletia excelsa trees. The following extrolites were produced by this species: aflavinin, cyclopiazonic acid, kojic acid, tenuazonic acid and ustilaginoidin C. Phylogenetic analysis using partial beta-tubulin and camodulin gene sequences showed that A. bertholletius represents a new phylogenetic clade in Aspergillus section Flavi. The type strain of A. bertholletius is CCT 7615 (=ITAL 270/06 = IBT 29228).
Original languageEnglish
JournalP L o S One
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2012
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 13


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