Phylogeny and subgeneric taxonomy of Aspergillus

Stephen W. Peterson, János Varga, Jens C. Frisvad, Robert A. Samson

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The phylogeny of the genus Aspergillus and its teleomorphs is discussed based on multilocus sequence data. DNA sequence analysis was used to formulate a nucleotide sequence framework of the genus and to analyse character changes in relationship to the phylogeny hypothesised from the DNA sequence analysis. The sequence data used to delineate subgeneric taxa included partial calmodulin, rDNA and RNA polymerase gene sequences. In our phylogenic structure of Aspergillus extrolite data of the various Aspergillus taxa collected from ex-type cultures and numerous other isolates are also discussed. A new subgeneric classification is proposed which includes 8 subgenera and 22 sections within the genus Aspergillus. Characteristics of these taxa are briefly discussed in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspergillus in the Genomic Era
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789086860654
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Aspergillus
  • Classification
  • Phylogeny

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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    Peterson, S. W., Varga, J., Frisvad, J. C., & Samson, R. A. (2008). Phylogeny and subgeneric taxonomy of Aspergillus. In Aspergillus in the Genomic Era (pp. 33-56). Wageningen Academic Publishers.