Aspergillus species identification in the clinical setting

Stud Mycol. 2007;59:39-46. doi: 10.3114/sim.2007.59.05.


Multiple recent studies have demonstrated the limited utility of morphological methods used singly for species identification of clinically relevant aspergilli. It is being increasingly recognised that comparative sequence based methods used in conjunction with traditional phenotype based methods can offer better resolution of species within this genus. Recognising the growing role of molecular methods in species recognition, the recently convened international working group meeting entitled "Aspergillus Systematics in the Genomic Era" has proposed several recommendations that will be useful in such endeavors. Specific recommendations of this working group include the use of the ITS regions for inter section level identification and the beta-tubulin locus for identification of individual species within the various Aspergillus sections.

Keywords: Emericella; molecular phylogeny; pathogenic aspergilli; polyphasic taxonomy; section Aspergillus section Terrei; section Usti.