Ecology and Genetic Diversity of Aspergillus fumigatus

  • Emmanuelle Bart-Delabesse
  • Jean-Paul Latgé
Part of the The Mycota book series (MYCOTA, volume 12)


The genus Aspergillus includes common soil saprobes that play essential roles in recycling carbon and nitrogen from organic debris (Pitt 1994). They are among the most ubiquitous fungi present worldwide on many surfaces and in aerial environments. Their life cycle is characterized by the abundant production of asexual, haploid conidia which are highly hydrophobic with a very small diameter (2–5 µm; Samson and van Reenen-Hoekstra 1988). Dissemination of the conidia in air currents is a result of disturbances of the environment.


Cystic Fibrosis Long Terminal Repeat Invasive Aspergillosis Aspergillus Fumigatus Environmental Isolate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuelle Bart-Delabesse
    • 1
  • Jean-Paul Latgé
    • 2
  1. 1.Microbiology and Parasitology Division, Department of PathologyUniversity of CambridgeUK
  2. 2.Pasteur InstituteAspergillus UnitParisFrance

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