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Modern Approaches to the Taxonomy of Aspergillus

  • Brian W. Bainbridge
Part of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series book series (FEMS, volume 69)

Abstract

Techniques from molecular biology have provided a series of new tools for the analysis of diversity in the fungi. These techniques have been applied to a variety of fungal groups but only rather limited work has been done on the genus Aspergillus, which is surprising considering the economic importance of species within the genus. The availability of a detailed molecular genetic systems in Aspergillus nidulans has been of considerable help in providing a scientific base, but it appears on the whole that molecular geneticists have not been very interested in the taxonomy of the genus. However, a need to study the epidemiology, detection, diagnosis, identification, classification, characterisation and quantification of Aspergillus has resulted in an increasing interest in the taxonomic basis for differences within the genus. This has made it essential that closer links are forged between molecular biologists and taxonomists.

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Internally Transcribe Spacer Aspergillus Nidulans Slot Blot Nucleic Acid Probe External Transcribe Spacer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian W. Bainbridge
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  1. 1.Microbiology Group, Life Sciences DivisionKings College LondonLondonUK

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