Intercountry Transfer of Triazole-Resistant Aspergillus fumigatus on Plant Bulbs

Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jul 1;65(1):147-149. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix257.


We investigated whether plants imported to Ireland from the Netherlands might harbor triazole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus. Samples of plant bulbs were positive for triazole-resistant A. fumigatus with CYP51A mutations. We hypothesize that this represents a route for intercountry transfer of an emerging resistance mechanism in a major opportunistic mold pathogen.

Keywords: Aspergillus fumigatus; environment; intercountry transfer; triazole resistance.

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / pharmacology*
  • Aspergillosis / microbiology
  • Aspergillus fumigatus / drug effects*
  • Aspergillus fumigatus / genetics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Plant Roots / microbiology*
  • Triazoles / pharmacology*


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Triazoles