A genus containing many types of filamentous black fungi. Aspergillus was first catalogued in 1729 by P. Micheli. Aspergillus niger is a common component in mildew. It grows readily on any damp surface including foodstuffs, walls, leather, and books. Other types of Aspergillus are used to ferment sake and process soybeans. Air-borne aspergillus particles cause aspergillosis in humans.
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Resources and Citations
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Aspergillus" [Accessed October 29, 2002].
- American Leather Chemists Association glossary
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspergillus (Accessed Mar. 20, 2006)