Mycobiology.  2019 Mar;47(1):12-19. 10.1080/12298093.2019.1572262.

Diversity of Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Talaromyces Species Isolated from Freshwater Environments in Korea

  • 1Agricultural Microbiology Division, National Institute of Agricultural Science, RDA, Jeonju, Korea.
  • 2Division of Food Technology, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Biology, Kunsan National University, Gunsan, Korea.


In order to elucidate the fungal diversity and community structure in freshwater environments, numerous fungal strains were isolated from freshwater, submerged soils, twigs, dead insects, etc. Among them, the present study has focused specifically on Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Talaromyces species, which produce diverse useful metabolites in general. Twelve strains of Aspergillus isolated were identified as A. japonicus (n"‰="‰5), A. tubingensis (3), A. niger (2), and A. flavus (2), 10 strains of which belong to Aspergillus section Nigri, named black Aspergillus. Eight strains of Penicillium were identified as P. brasilianim (n"‰="‰3), P. oxalicum (2), P. crustosum (1), P. expansum (1), and P. piscarium (1). Two different strains of Talaromyces were identified as T. pinophilus and T. versatilis. Thus far, Penicillium piscarium and Talaromyces versatilis have been unrecorded in Korea, for which we provide detailed morphological and molecular characteristics.


Aspergillus; Penicillium piscarium; Talaromyces versatilis; freshwater fungi; Korea
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