About the Aspergillus terreus genome
Aspergillus terreus is a fungus found in soil, decomposing vegetation and dust in warmer climates such as tropical and subtropical regions. A. terreus is commonly used in industry to produce important organic acids, such as itaconic acid and cis-aconitic acid, and enzymes like xylanase. It was also the initial source for the drug mevinolin (lovastatin), a drug for lowering serum cholesterol. A. terreus can cause opportunistic infections in people with deficient immune systems. It also produces aspterric acid and 6-hydroxymellein, inhibitors of pollen development in Arabidopsis thaliana.
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Taxonomy ID 341663
Data source European Nucleotide Archive
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