Comparative genomics study of industrial fungus seeks to better harness potential for biofuels applications
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MAY 14, 2011
Aspergillus niger, shown here with its DNA lit up in green, is a fungus that can be used on an industrial scale to produce enzymes or chemicals such as citric acid. An international team led by Scott Baker of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has compared the genome sequences of two strains of the fungus Aspergillus niger to, among other things, better harness its industrial potential in biofuels applications. niger is thus a well understood fungal fermentation process.