Aspergillus niger

Aspergillus niger is the most common species of aspergillus. Its name is adapted from the Latin name aspergillum, which means holy water sprinkler because it has a sprinkler like an appearance when viewed under a microscope. It is known commonly to cause black mold in fruits and vegetables like grapes, apricot, onions, and peanuts. It … Read more Aspergillus niger

Aspergillus flavus

Aspergillus flavus

Aspergillus flavus is the second most common species of Aspergillus in humans after Aspergillus fumigatus. Aspergillus flavus is a mildly pathogenic, saprophytic mold, commonly known to cause diseases in plants such as grains, cereals, trees, and nuts.  They cause opportunistic infections in crops. They infect the plants before and after harvesting when they are in … Read more Aspergillus flavus

Aspergillus fumigatus

Aspergillus fumigatus

Image created with biorender.com General Characteristics of Aspergillus spp It is commonly found in soil, with a saprophytic mode of nutrition, obtaining its nutrients from dead and decaying matter. The saprophytic nature of Aspergillus spp means they fully depend on environmental materials, which allows them to produce enzymes such as amylase that breaks down compounds … Read more Aspergillus fumigatus