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EMSL Scientist Discovers New Aspergillus Species

Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/21/2018
Author Alexandra Gentile
Title EMSL Microbiologist Contributes to the Discovery of New Aspergillus Species
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. congratulates Dr. Željko Jurjevic on his discovery.

Cinnaminson, NJ, February 21st, 2018

EMSL’s Senior Mycologist, Dr. Željko Jurjevic, along with scientists from around the world, have discovered a new Aspergillus species after successfully splitting Aspergillus candidus in two. Aspergillus candidus is a species frequently isolated from stored grain, food, indoor environments, soil and occasionally from clinical material.

Through DNA sequencing from four loci, one new species, Aspergillus dobrogensis was discovered. The separation of A. dobrogensis from Aspergillus candidus is significant, as the species reflects different exometabolite profiles. The discovery of Aspergillus dobrogensis could lead to a wide array of antifungal agents for treatment of infections caused by species of Aspergillus section Candidi.

“We are very proud of Dr. Jurjevic’s discoveries and the overall dedication of our microbiology department at EMSL,” said Dr. Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Dr. Jurjevic’s impressive accomplishment is a tribute to our dedicated staff that works to provide high-quality data for clients while providing breakthrough information to help the overall industry.”

The research article, Polyphasic data support the splitting of Aspergillus candidus into two species; proposal of Aspergillus dobrogensis sp. nov., was published in the February 2018 issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary MicrobiologyTo view the full article, please click here.

For a complete list of EMSL’s laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit www.EMSL.com. For more information about EMSL’s testing services, please call our Customer Service Center at (800) 220-3675 or email info@emsl.com.  

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 43 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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