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Development in Aspergillus

Author(s): P. Krijgsheld | R. Bleichrodt | G.J. van Veluw | F. Wang | W.H. Muller | J. Dijksterhuis | H.A.B. Wosten

Journal: Studies in Mycology
ISSN 0166-0616

Volume: 74;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Aspergillus | fungi | asexual reproduction | sexual reproduction | development | conidium | conidiophore | vegetative mycelium | heterogeneity | ascocarp | ascospore | fruiting body

The genus Aspergillus represents a diverse group of fungi that are among the most abundant fungi in the world. Germination of a spore can lead to a vegetative mycelium that colonizes a substrate. The hyphae within the mycelium are highly heterogeneous with respect to gene expression, growth, and secretion. Aspergilli can reproduce both asexually and sexually. To this end, conidiophores and ascocarps are produced that form conidia and ascospores, respectively. This review describes the molecular mechanisms underlying growth and development of Aspergillus.

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