A new study in Nature Communications further investigates a genus of fungi whose vast biochemical diversity makes it important for bioenergy applications.
The study, led by researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, the the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and the Technical University of Denmark, presents the first analysis of a section of Aspergillus fungi known as Flavi. The results are part of a long-term project to sequence the genomes of more than 300 Aspergillus fungi.
“The genus Aspergillus is extremely diverse and the research outlined in this paper allowed us to deeply explore one group of Aspergilli in depth,” said Scott Baker, Biological Sciences Lead at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and a scientist in JBEI’s Deconstruction division. “We were able to gain insight into the biochemical diversity of this section as well as understand the catalog of enzymes that these species use to digest plant biomass.”
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