Introduction

This site is the product of a collaboration between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The aim is to sequence 300 different species of the filamentous fungi Aspergillus and investigate the evolutionary and biotechnological diversity they represent.

The filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger and its close relatives in Aspergillus section Nigri are of broad interest to the scientific community including applied,medical and basic research. The fungi are prolific producers of native and heterologous proteins, organic acids (in particular citrate), and secondary metabolites (including bioactives and toxins such as ochratoxin A). Because of these abilities they represent a substantial economic interests in bioenergy applications.

This site offers a number of tools to analyze a set of Aspergillus genomes aiming at providing analysis for over 300 species. Analysis options will include comparing genetic diversity, secondary metabolism gene clusters and primary metabolism. You will also find information on each of the newly sequenced genomes and links to data resources for these.

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