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The Genus Aspergillus - Pathogenicity, Mycotoxin Production and Industrial Applications

Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh

Pasteur Institute of Iran

A research scientist in mycology and mycotoxicology, appointed head of the Mycology department of the Pasteur Institute of Iran. He has published over 100 papers in international journals, 10 books, a number of book chapters, and one registered patent.


Mahendra Rai

Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University

Professor Mahendra Rai's H-index 48 is a strong indicator of his high merit as a researcher working on the fungal synthesis of nanoparticles and their applications as nano antimicrobials. During his research career, he has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications and edited more than 50 books.


Aspergillus Species Taxonomy Classification Identification Pathogenicity Host-Pathogen Interactions Allergenicity Mycotoxins Endophytes Enzyme Production Aspergillus Flavus Plant Colonization

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The genus Aspergillus comprises more than 300 species distributed in nature as human and animal pathogens, allergens, mycotoxin producers and nonpathogenic saprobes. They are cosmopolitan fungi with worldwide distribution which frequently colonize plants and agricultural crops with their abundant airborne conidia originates from the soil as major natural habitat. Exposure to massive numbers of fungal conidia by inhalation or via consumption of contaminated food and feed results in human and animal diseases with different clinical pictures from allergenic reactions to superficial and invasive life-threatening pulmonary invasion. Although all Aspergillus species are considered as potential pathogens, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus niger are major species with an established role in human and plant diseases. Aside from pathogenicity and the ability to produce a wide group of mycotoxins from the best-known aflatoxins to ochratoxins, gliotoxins, cyclopiazonic acid, teniazonic acid, and other toxic compounds, some Aspergilli like as Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus sojae, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger have received major consideration regard to their beneficial role in the food industry and biotechnology.

This book highlights important members of the genus Aspergillus not only in relation to their ability to induce human and animal diseases but also for their role in food and feed deterioration, mycotoxin production and potential application in the food industry and biotechnology.

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Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh

Pasteur Institute of Iran

Prof. Razzaghi-Abyaneh is a research scientist and head of Mycology Department of the Pasteur Institute of Iran where he is working on mycotoxins and mycotoxigenic fungi, antimicrobial nanomaterials, and biologically active compounds of plant, fungal and bacterial origin. He also investigates ecology and genetic diversity of Aspergillus section Flavi and mode of action of antifungal paptides and other small and macromolecules at cellular and molecular level. He has extensive experiences in cell separation and fractionation, protein extraction and purification, enzyme manipulation, molecular genetics, chromatographic (TLC and HPLC) analyses of mycotoxins, purification of plant antifungal metabolites and electron microscopy of filamentous fungi. He has published over 100 papers in international journals, 10 books, and a number of book chapters.

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