New ochratoxin A producing species of Aspergillus section Circumdati

Jens Christian Frisvad, J.M. Frank, J.A.M.P. Houbraken, A.F.A. Kuijpers, R.A. Samson

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    Aspergillus section Circumdati contains species with yellow to ochre conidia and non-black sclerotia that produce at least one of the following extrolites: ochratoxins, penicillic acids, xanthomegnins or melleins. The exception to this is A. robustus, which produces black sclerotia, phototropic conidiophores and none of the extrolites listed above. Based on a polyphasic approach using morphological characters, extrolites and partial beta-tubulin sequences 20 species can be distinguished, that, except for A. robustus, are phylogenetically and phenotypically strongly related. Seven new species are described here, A. cretensis, A. flocculosus, A. neobridgeri, A. pseudoelegans, A. roseoglobulosus, A. steynii, and A. westerdijkiae. Twelve species of section Circumdati produce mellein, 17 produce penicillic acid and 17 produce xanthomegnins. Eight species consistently produce large amounts of ochratoxin A: Aspergillus cretensis, A. flocculosus, A. pseudoelegans, A. roseoglobulosus, A. westerdijkiae, A. sulphurous, and Neopetromyces muricatus. Two species produce large or small amounts of ochratoxin A, but less consistently: A. ochraceus and A. sclerotiorum. Ochratoxin production in these species has been confirmed using HPLC with diode array detection and comparison to authentic standards. Four further species produce ochratoxin A inconsistently and in trace amounts according to the literature: A. melleus, A. ostianus, A. petrakii, and A. persii. The most important species regarding potential ochratoxin A production in coffee, rice, beverages and other foodstuffs are A. ochraceus, A. westerdijkiae and A. steynii.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalStudies in Mycology
    Issue number50
    Pages (from-to)23-43
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • penicillic acid
    • BenA
    • xanthomegnin
    • extrolites
    • Aspergillus ochraceus
    • ochratoxin
    • Circumdati
    • mellein

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