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Toxins 2017, 9(11), 353;

Aspergillus korhogoensis, a Novel Aflatoxin Producing Species from the Côte d’Ivoire
Toxalim (Research Centre in Food Toxicology), Université de Toulouse, INRA, ENVT, INP-Purpan, UPS, 31027 Toulouse, France
Laboratoire de Biotechnologie et Microbiologie des Aliments, UFR des Sciences et Technologie des Aliments, Université Nangui Abrogoua, 02 BP 801 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Laboratoire des Procédés Industriels de Synthèse, de l’Environnement et des Energies Nouvelles, Département Génie Chimique et Agro-alimentaire, Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny, BP 1313 Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Southern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, New Orleans, LA 70179, USA
Department of Microbiology, Babcock University, 121003 Ilishan Remo, Nigeria
Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)—Département PERSYST—UMR QualiSud, 34398 Montpellier, France
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Ana Calvo
Received: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 26 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017


Several strains of a new aflatoxigenic species of Aspergillus, A. korhogoensis, were isolated in the course of a screening study involving species from section Flavi found contaminating peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) and peanut paste in the Côte d’Ivoire. Based on examination of four isolates, this new species is described using a polyphasic approach. A concatenated alignment comprised of nine genes (ITS, benA, cmdA, mcm7, amdS, rpb1, preB, ppgA, and preA) was subjected to phylogenetic analysis, and resulted in all four strains being inferred as a distinct clade. Characterization of mating type for each strain revealed A. korhogoensis as a heterothallic species, since three isolates exhibited a singular MAT1-1 locus and one isolate exhibited a singular MAT1-2 locus. Morphological and physiological characterizations were also performed based on their growth on various types of media. Their respective extrolite profiles were characterized using LC/HRMS, and showed that this new species is capable of producing B- and G-aflatoxins, aspergillic acid, cyclopiazonic acid, aflavarins, and asparasones, as well as other metabolites. Altogether, our results confirm the monophyly of A. korhogoensis, and strengthen its position in the A. flavus clade, as the sister taxon of A. parvisclerotigenus.
Aspergillus section Flavi; aflatoxins; cyclopiazonic acid; polyphasic approach; versicolorins

1. Introduction

The presence of mycotoxins in agricultural commodities poses serious economic and health risks [1,2,3]. Among the mycotoxins, aflatoxins are by far the most studied since their ingestion can cause deleterious health effects in humans and animals including hepatic cancer and, in some instances, death [4]. Aflatoxin B1 is the potent compound of this chemical family as it displays mutagenic, teratogenic and hepatocarcinogenic effects in humans and animals [5]. To date, it is considered as the most carcinogenic, teratogenic and genotoxic substance of natural origin [6,7].
Species that have so far been reported to produce aflatoxins are all classified in Aspergilllus subgenus Circumdati and section Flavi, with the exception of two other species originally sampled in the Côte d’Ivoire, A. ochraceoroseus and A. rambelli [8,9]. Species from Aspergillus section Flavi represent a well-known group of saprophytic filamentous fungi, several of which have the ability to produce beneficial secondary metabolites or enzymes used in food fermentation and biotechnology, such as kojic acid and α-amylase [10]. Conversely, some of these species have the potential to produce one or more harmful mycotoxins, such as aflatoxins, cyclopiazonic acid, versicolorins, and aflatrems [11,12]. Due to extensive research into their aflatoxin production, A. flavus, A. parasiticus, and A. nomius are considered major species in section Flavi. Among them, A. flavus is the most important because of its worldwide distribution, and it represents the largest source of aflatoxin B1 contamination of several staple crops, including maize, tree nuts, peanuts, cottonseed, grains, cassava, and spices [13,14,15,16].
Although some species relationships in section Flavi are still unclear, the section can be separated into one of seven main clades based on a polyphasic approach: A. flavus clade, A. parasiticus clade, A. tamarii clade, A. nomius clade, A. alliaceus clade, A. togoensis clade, or A. avenaceus clade, and A. mottae and A. bertholletius [17,18,19]. Each clade may contain cryptic species that are difficult to identify, based solely on morphological characters or extrolite profiles, but can be delineated using a polyphasic approach that also includes molecular analyses [12,17,18]. It has been suggested that two cryptic species, A. minisclerotigenes and A. parvisclerotigenus, belong to the A. flavus clade [9,20]. However, in addition to B-aflatoxins these species produce G-aflatoxins, which A. flavus is incapable of producing [17,21] due to a deletion of genomic sequence between the aflatoxin pathway genes, norB (aflF) and cypA (aflU), thereby altering the promoter and coding regions [22].
In this paper, we describe A. korhogoensis sp. nov. as a novel cryptic species within the A. flavus clade, based on a polyphasic analysis of four strains isolated from peanuts collected in the region of Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire.

2. Results

2.1. Molecular Analyses

2.1.1. Multilocus Phylogenetic Analysis

The phylogenetic tree inferred from nine concatenated genes (ITS, benA, cmdA, mcm7, amdS, rpb1, preB, ppgA, and preA), obtained from Bayesian and ML analyses, yielded largely similar topologies, particularly congruent for Aspergillus flavus clade. Here, we chose the Bayesian topology as hypothesis of phylogenetic relationships because the results were of greater robustness (Figure 1). Our results support previous phylogenetic inferences involving species from section Flavi. Aspergillus bertholletius was used as the outgroup taxon. The A. nomius clade, which included A. bombycis and A. nomius, was monophyletic and appeared as a basal group (Posterior Probability, PP = 1). The topology then split in two robust groups, one formed by the A. tamarii clade, which included A. caelatus, A. pseudocaelatus and A. pseudotamarii, and a second monophyletic group, which included the A. parasiticus and A. flavus clades, as well as A. mottae. This latter was placed as the ancestral taxon of the group including A. parasiticus and A. flavus clades. Aspergillus parasiticus clade was consistent with Soares et al. results [18] and included A. parasiticus, A. sojae, A. arachidicola, A. novoparasiticus, A. sergii and A. transmontanensis. A. sergii and A. transmontanensis are basal taxa, respectively. The A. flavus clade included A. flavus, A. oryzae, A. minisclerotigenes, A. parvisclerotigenus and A. korhogoensis, the herein described new species.
The A. flavus clade is comprised of two main groups: one that includes A. flavus, its domesticated species A. oryzae and A. minisclerotigenes (PP = 1); and the other group encompasses A. parvisclerotigenus and A. korhogoensis sp. nov. (PP = 1). The four isolates (MACI46, MACI219, MACI254 and MACI264) putatively identified as A. korhogoensis were tightly clustered, suggesting they were a distinct species from A. parvisclerotigenus. Strains from the latter species included isolates from different populations, which were clustered together, suggesting a monophyletic group with no major differences among populations.
Aspergillus novoparasiticus was represented by two well-supported groups, which segregated based on geography since one group corresponds to the strains isolated from Brazil [23], while the other group corresponds to strains isolated from Benin [14]. Besides their geographical distributions, both groups were isolated from different environments, such as hospital environments (Brazil samples) or foodstuffs (Benin samples).

2.1.2. Mating Type Analysis

Results from our mating type diagnostic PCR revealed that isolates MACI46, MACI254 and MACI264 contained a single Mat1-1 gene, and that isolate MACI219 contained a single Mat1-2 gene. These findings demonstrate that A. korhogoensis sp. nov. is likely a heterothallic (self-infertile) fungus. Whether these mating-type genes are functional is unknown. Future mating tests will be required to determine this.
The MAT1-1 amino acid sequence of A. bertholletius was used as the reference sequence to compare with Mat1-1 genes from other examined taxa. Basal taxa (A. bertholletius, A. nomius, A. caelatus, A. pseudocaelatus, A. tamarii and A. pseudotamarii) presented alanine, asparagine, histidine and threonine at position 36, 46, 61 and 65, respectively, which changed in derived species into serine, lysine, asparagine and asparagine (Figure 2). The A. tamarii clade presented four apomorphies that are specific to the clade, and one apomorphy that was fixed in the derived species. The A. parasiticus and A. flavus clades exhibited a highly conserved MAT1-1 amino acid sequence, except for one amino acid substitution in A. parasiticus at position 101, and two substitutions in both A. flavus and A. oryzae at positions 49 and 75. Although haplotypes of A. minisclerotigenes, A. parvisclerotigenus and A. korhogoensis sp. nov. shared identity for their respective MAT1-1 amino acid sequences (Figure 2), there were single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) differences that did not result in an amino acid replacement. Aspergillus minisclerotigenes exhibited two apomorphies, whereas A. parvislerotigenus and A. korhogoensis sp. nov. each exhibited only one (except MACI264, which exhibited the conserved ancestral state).
In the case of Mat1-2 gene, amino acid sequences were identical for A. nomius, A. pseudonomius, A. sergii, A. transmontanensis, A. arachidicola, A. parasiticus, A. parvisclerotigenus and A. minisclerotigenes. There was one substitution in the amino acid sequence for A. korhogoensis sp. nov. (S168P), and one for A. flavus (E181K) (Figure 3). Basal taxa, A. avenaceus and A. alliaceus, exhibited several differences in their amino acid sequences.

2.2. Secondary Metabolism Characterization

An analysis of secondary metabolites produced by the four A. korhogoensis strains was performed and the results are summarized in Table 1. Metabolites were identified according to the Metabolomics Standard Initiative level definitions [24]. Metabolites were identified at level 1 when they displayed the same retention time, and UV and MS/MS spectra as the authentic standard. They were identified at level 2 when the metabolites shared the same UV spectrum and/or the same MS/MS fragmentation pattern in accordance with the literature.
All strains produced aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2, as well as several aflatoxin biosynthetic intermediates including 3-O-methylsterigmatocystin, sterigmatocystin and versicolorins A and B. Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA) and different other members of the CPA family were detected in the whole fungal extract of each strain. This new species also produced kojic acid, aflatrem, and its precursors or related compounds (paspaline, paspalinine, paxilline, and 13-desoxypaxilline). Aflatrem and paspaline were also present in the sclerotium extracts, as well as another related compound that appears to be an uncharacterized hydroxylated form of aflatrem ([M + H]+/z = 518.28992; deviation = −0.347 ppm) previously evoked by Nicholson et al. [33]. Leporin B and its precursor were previously detected in culture extracts [25].
The HPLC-DAD analysis of sclerotium extracts revealed the presence of members of at least three families. First, five compounds showed a typical anthraquinone UV spectrum (nm): 223 (100%), 269sh, 293, 319sh, 455. On the bases of UV and MS/MS fragmentation patterns, this compound was identified as asparasone A [31,34]. Three other asparasone-derived anthraquinones were identified in sclerotium extracts (Table 1). Six compounds displayed an aflavarin UV spectrum (nm): 221 (100%), 238sh, 291, 310, 322sh [35]. The LC-HRMS allowed the identification of aflavarin and four aflavarin-associated compounds previously reported by Cary et al. [32]. The last chemical family identified in A. korhogoensis sclerotia were aflavinines [36,37]. Indeed, three compounds with a typical aflavinine UV spectrum (nm): 224 (100%), 283, and 291, were present in the sclerotium extracts of each tested strain. The comparison with the 20-hydroxyaflavinine standard confirmed the presence of this metabolite.

2.3. Taxonomy

Aspergillus korhogoensis A. Carvajal-Campos, A.L. Manizan, S. Tadrist, D.K. Akaki, R. Koffi-Nevry, G.G. Moore, S.O. Fapohunda, S. Bailly, D. Montet, I.P. Oswald, S. Lorber, C. Brabet and O. Puel sp. nov. (Figure 4, Figure 5, Figure 6 and Figure 7).
Etymology: The specific epithet “korhogoensis” is a noun in the genitive case and refers to the Korhogo region located in the Côte d’Ivoire, from where the new species was isolated.
Diagnosis: Colonies on MEA deeply floccose with a dominant white aerial mycelium. Sporulation dull yellowish green. Abundant sclerotia (especially on MEA and CYA), mostly at the colony surface, small size (<400 µm), dark brown at mature state; conspicuous amber exudate produced by sclerotia. Reverse orange to brownish orange, more conspicuous on MS, and on MEA and CYA presence of concentric rings on orange shades. Conidial heads typically radiate, fertile upper 75% of their surface and splitting, less frequent narrow and long columnar to short columnar, rarely micro-heads. Conidiophores of radiate heads are hyaline, long, large and slightly roughened, whereas conidiophores of columnar heads and micro-heads are short, narrow and smooth. Conidial heads biseriate for radiate heads, and uniseriate for the others. Vesicles oblong to spatulate, 25–47 µm in diam; metulae 6.7–11.2 µm X 4–5.5 µm; phialides 7–10 µm X 3–5.7 µm; conidia yellowish green to green, oblong and smooth or slightly rough, 3–5 µm diam.
Colony diameters: After seven days at 25 °C, colonies reached 37–60 mm on MEA, 59–67 mm on MS, 36–57 mm on YES, and 57–80 mm on CYA. Colonies kept seven days at 37 °C on MEA reached 38–57 mm, whereas colonies kept at 42 °C reached 7.5–12 mm.
Physiological studies: All strains analyzed on AFPA showed a bright orange reverse, a sign of aspergillic acid production. The colonies did not sporulate and presented reduced aerial mycelia. On CREA, the strains showed a positive production of organic acids, except for MACI219.
Extrolite production: Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, 3-O-methylsterigmatocystin, versicolorins A and B, aspergillic acid, α- and β-CPA, 2 oxo-CPA, aflatrem, paspaline, paspalinine, aflavarins, asparasones, aflavinines, leporin B.
Aspergillus korhogoensis sp. nov. exhibited phenotypic characters that place it within the A. flavus clade, such as conidial heads typically radiate that split into several columns in green shades. Phenotypically, the new species resembled A. parvisclerotigenus. Both species shared several common traits, making difficult to distinguish between them; however, some subtle differences were observed. The new species grew faster on MEA and CYA at 25 °C than A. parvisclerotigenus, and the reverse coloration on MEA and MS was orange for A. korhogoensis and cream for A. parvisclerotigenus. The size of sclerotia was also comparatively smaller in A. korhogoensis. On MEA at 42 °C, A. parvisclerotigenus grew faster (15.5–20 mm) than A. korhogoensis, for which growth was reduced (7.5–12 mm) or inexistent in strain MACI219. On AFPA, A. parvisclerotigenus colonies were mildly to highly floccose, produced profuse sclerotia and conidia in yellowish shades, whereas A. korhogoensis sp. nov. colonies exhibited sparse aerial mycelium and sclerotia, and conidia were almost non-existent.
Holotype: Isolated from Gbandokaha. Deposited in the NRRL collection.
Isolates examined: MACI254 (NRRL 66710), Côte d’Ivoire, Gbandokaha (9°32′ N, 5°33′ W), from peanut pods, 15 November 2014, A.L. Manizan MACI254. MACI46 (NRRL 66708), Côte d’Ivoire, Korhogo (9°29′ N, 6°49′ W), from peanut seeds, 19 November 2014, A.L. Manizan MACI46. MACI219 (NRRL 66709), Côte d’Ivoire, Pokaha (9°24′ N, 5°30′ W), from peanut pods, 15 November 2014, A.L. Manizan MACI219. MACI264 (NRRL 66711), Côte d’Ivoire, Gbandokaha (9°32′ N, 5°33′ W), from peanut pods, 17 November 2014, A.L. Manizan MACI264.
Habitat: Found on peanuts.
Distribution: Korhogo region, North Côte d’Ivoire.

3. Discussion

The number of species in section Flavi, in direct correlation with the number of species capable of producing aflatoxins, has increased over the last decade [17,18,19,23]. Although unable to produce aflatoxins, a 26th species, A. hancockii sp. nov., was very recently identified and grouped with section Flavi species [38]. The use of a polyphasic approach to characterize a species, based on the unified species concept [39,40], has enabled mycologists to acknowledge cryptic diversity in Aspergillus section Flavi. By using this approach, morphological, physiological, and molecular characters are integrated to understand species relationships [12,17,18,19,20,23,41]. It is accepted that the use of a single approach will mask the exact relationships among species, not only in Aspergilli, but also in other fungi [12].
In the present study, we included an ensemble of six genomic regions already tested to be informative for section Flavi (ITS, benA, cmdA, mcm7, rpb1 and amdS). Three other genes (ppgA, preA, preB), reportedly involved in sexual development, were added and the set resulted in a concatenated sequence of 4624 bp. These three genes are required in the specific mating recognition. PreA and preB are MAT target genes that encode a-pheromone and α-pheromone receptors, respectively [42]. PpgA encodes the α-pheromone precursor that binds to PreB [43]. To our knowledge, this is the first study to make a phylogenetic inference that includes genes PreA, PreB and PpgA. Some authors have suggested that the accuracy of the phylogenetic approach could be increased by adding molecular data with different evolutive rates, diminishing possible artifacts caused by polymorphic haplotypes [44,45] and providing more robust information to elucidate potential complexity within a clade. The use of nine concatenated genes resulted in a robust phylogenetic tree topology, which includes the most important species of the section in terms of economic and public health impact, as well as species described in the last decade (not basal taxa). The results of the present study were congruent with several studies performed involving species from section Flavi [17,18,19,20,23]. The tree obtained from nine concatenated genes showed a clear partition of A. novoparasiticus strains in two, one subgroup containing South American isolates and another containing African isolates. More A. novoparasiticus strains isolated from both continents would be needed in order to confirm this observation. Additionally, the ensemble allowed to determine a cryptic species, A. korhogoensis sp. nov.
Most species in section Flavi are considered heterothallic, containing either the MAT1-1 or MAT1-2 idiomorph [15,18,46], and from the present study so is A. korhogoensis. Thus far, A. alliaceus is the only homothallic species in section Flavi [46]. Reportedly, strains of A. nomius may contain both idiomorphs, but only one is functional [11]. Diversity from sexual reproduction in these fungi is expected to arise from out-crossing of heterothallic species, between complementary strains that are able to produce sclerotia [47,48]. Laboratory crosses between sexually compatible strains showed that sexual reproduction was possible in A. parasiticus, A. flavus, and A. nomius [11,49,50]. Inter-specific hybridization was shown to be a possibility via laboratory crosses that resulted in viable ascospores, including recombinant offspring, being produced [51]. Moreover, sexual reproduction is more likely to occur within populations having a 1:1 ratio of both idiomorphs [11,42,48], although asexual reproduction is still a large component to the life cycle of micro-fungi such as the Aspergilli [52]. Presence of both idiomorphs in A. parvisclerotigenus, and A. korhogoensis suggests that cryptic sexuality might occur in natural populations, yet laboratory mating experiments involving these species is necessary to yield conclusions. As well, more population-scale field sampling of strains from these species are necessary to determine if they have a history of recombination as observed in A. flavus and A. parasiticus populations [53,54]. Indeed, the ratio 1:1 is not discernable due to the few strains isolated and curated in different collections.
The present study increases the number of species in the A. flavus clade, which is comprised of many heterothallic species that share common morphological characters, such as biseriate heads, greenish to brownish colony coloration, ability to produce sclerotia, among others [17]. Likewise, species in this clade are capable of producing aflatoxins, aspergillic acid, CPA, kojic acid, versicolorins, aflatrem, etc. [20,55]. Within the clade, the main difference between A. flavus and the remaining species (A. minisclerotigenes, A. parvisclerotigenus and A. korhogoensis sp. nov.), is that A. flavus has lost the ability to produce G-aflatoxins [22]. Another important difference is that A. flavus is comprised of two morphotypes: small sclerotium producers and those that are able to produce larger sclerotia than the other three species. Aspergillus flavus is a ubiquitous fungus, being readily sampled across the globe, but A. minisclerotigenes, A. parvisclerotigenus, and A. korhogoensis sp. nov. have smaller geographic distributions. For example, A. minisclerotigenes has been isolated from Africa, South and North America, Europe, and Australia, whereas A. parvisclerotigenus has been isolated from Guinea Gulf [16], and A. korhogoensis has only been found in the Côte d’Ivoire.
Herein, we proposed that Aspergillus korhogoensis sp. nov. is the sister taxon of A. parvisclerotigenus, based on secondary metabolite analyses, morphology and molecular evidence. Both species share a similar secondary metabolic profile according to Frisvad et al. [9]. However, there are some differences in their secondary metabolite production. Unlike A. parvisclerotigenus, the production of A-30461 (aspirochlorin) was not observed in any A. korhogoensis extracts. On the other hand, A. korhogoensis produced aflavinines, asparasones and leporin B. A pattern close to each other could be appreciated while comparing morphological characters, though subtle differences were observed between strains of both species. On AFPA, A. parvisclerotigenus had a trend to produce yellowish spores and highly floccose colonies, whereas A. korhogoensis sp. nov. tended to have flatter colonies and reduced sporulation. At the molecular level, the concatenation of nine different loci strongly suggested that they were two different species. The inclusion of strains from different populations of A. parvisclerotigenus (Benin, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire) reduced the possibility of any artifact linked with polymorphisms.
Sub-Saharan West Africa, and especially the Guinea Gulf, displays an interesting diversity of species from section Flavi, including several cryptic species, although A. flavus continues to be the most frequent species sampled [56]. Despite the prevalence of A. flavus, it is noteworthy that other S-strain species are present at lower rates, are usually G-aflatoxin producers, and their production of aflatoxins is usually higher than that of A. flavus sensu stricto [57,58]. Some strains, previously characterized as A. flavus SBG, are nowadays being classified as A. minisclerotigenes, A. parvisclerotigenus, and in this study as A. korhogoensis. In different countries of the Guinea Gulf, strains exhibiting the SBG chemotype have been associated with drier agroecological zones bordering the Sahara desert [14,59,60]. Cadwell and Cotty [59] suggested that production of G-aflatoxins in Northern Benin could be mainly due to SBG strains. Likewise, in this area, the environmental conditions could allow the presence of species that could be more sensitive to climate changes, resulting in a shift of the frequency of these strains [59]. Inter-specific sex is possible for these fungi, which has been shown via laboratory crosses [51]. All that is required for these strains to override heterokaryon incompatibility, or even species boundaries, is the need to circumvent an unfavorable environmental situation [61]. It may eventually be determined that many of the recently characterized novel species, with such similar morphological, genetic, metabolic and physiological characteristics, are hybrids resulting from cryptic inter-specific sex that comprise a species complex. However, much more research is required before this can be proven or refuted. Moore and co-workers [62,63,64] are sequencing the genomes of aflatoxigenic fungi in an effort to determine the relatedness of these fungi and to elucidate the evolution of aflatoxin production. The comparison of the genomes of species close to A. flavus such as A. minisclerotigenes, A. parvisclerotigenus and A. korhogoensis will also help to understand the genetic determinants of the A. flavus success.

4. Materials and Methods

4.1. Chemicals

Solvents (phenol, chloroform, ethanol, ethyl acetate, methanol, and acetonitrile) of analytical grade used in the extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) were obtained from ThermoFisher Scientific (Illkirch, France). Ultrapure water used for HPLC with Diode Array Detector (DAD), LC/MS analyses, and for molecular biology experiments was purified from a MilliQ purification system (Millipore, Billerica, MA, USA). Unless otherwise specified, chemicals were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich (Saint Quentin Fallavier, France).

4.2. Fungal Isolates and Culture Conditions

Seven atypical SBG A. flavus strains were isolated in 2014 from peanuts in the Northern Korhogo region of Côte d’Ivoire. Four other atypical SBG strains isolated from food, decaying leaves, and logs of wood collected in Southwest Nigeria [65] were added. To identify these eleven SBG strains to species level, we compared them against a dataset comprised of strains obtained from different international collections and stored under controlled conditions at Research Center in Food Toxicology TOXALIM, Toulouse. We included at least one strain belonging to most species within the section Flavi (Table 2). The isolates were cultured on Malt Extract Agar (MEA) (Biokar Diagnostics, Allone, France) at 25 °C for seven days, and stored as spore suspensions on 20% glycerol for further analyses. The A. korhogoensis Type strain, along with three other strains, were deposited at Agricultural Research Service Culture Collection (NRRL) (Peoria, IL, USA).

4.3. DNA Extraction and Amplification

A loopful of spores from each of the examined Aspergillus isolates was inoculated on Yeast Extract Sucrose (YES) liquid medium, and kept in agitation in an orbital incubator at 170 rpm at 27 °C for five days. DNA extraction was performed according to Girardin et al. [71] by grinding a portion of mycelium in a 5 mL mortar on ice, followed by the addition of 5.5 mL lysis buffer 2 (5 mL Tris-HCL 1 M, 3.65 g NaCl, 12.5 mL EDTA 0.5 M pH 8, 2.5 g SDS, H2O qsp 250 mL). The content was transferred to a 15 mL tube, and 12.5 µL of proteinase K were added, before being incubated from 30 min to 1 h at 37 °C, and then incubated for 10 min at 65 °C. Afterwards, one volume of phenol/chloroform (7:3, v/v) was added and samples were then centrifuged at 3000× g for 1 h. The supernatant was recovered into a new tube, where 6 µL RNAse were added, and it was subsequently incubated for 2–3 h at 37 °C. Next, one volume of chloroform was added and centrifuged at 3000× g for 10 min. The supernatant was recovered into a new tube and one volume of isopropanol was added. At this point, samples were softly shaken for 2 h in a horizontal shaker and kept overnight at 4 °C. The following day, samples were centrifuged at 10,000× g for 30 min. The supernatant was eliminated and the pellet carefully washed with 300 µL of 70% ethanol, and centrifuged at 10,000× g for 15 min, followed by a gentle aspiration of the supernatant. Finally, the pellet was resuspended with 30 µL of pure water. DNA of samples was quantified using a NanoDrop ND-1000 (NanoDrop Technologies, Wilmington, DE, USA).

4.4. Amplification and Sequencing of Genomic Loci

Genes were amplified as follows: (1) pre-denaturation at 94 °C for 5 min; (2) denaturation at 94 °C for 45 s; (3) annealing at 55–57.3 °C for 1 min (55 °C = ITS, benA, cmdA, mcm7, preB and preA; 56 °C = ppgA; 57.3 °C = amdS and rpb1); (4) extension at 72 °C for 1 min (Steps 2 to 4 were carried out for 40 cycles); (5) final extension at 72 °C for 10 min; and (6) final temperature hold at 4 °C. Primers used in the study are shown in Table S1. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) amplifications were performed in a C1000 TouchTM thermal cycler (BioRad, Marnes-la-Coquette, France). PCR amplicons were purified with GeneEluteTM PCR Clean-Up Kit (Sigma-Aldrich, Saint Quentin Fallavier, France). Sanger sequences were obtained by using the Applied Biosystems Big Dye Terminator v3.1 chemistry (ThermoFisher Scientific, Illkirch, France), they were then purified with the Applied Biosystems Big Dye XTerminator protocol (Thermofisher Scientific, Illkirch, France) and finally processed on the ABI 3130xl Genetic Analyzer (Thermofisher Scientific, Illkirch, France), available on the GeT-Purpan technological facility (Genome and Transcriptome, GenoToul, Toulouse, France). New sequences were deposited in GenBank and accession numbers are reported in Table S2. Sequence data of some isolates, obtained from previously accessioned data in the GenBank database, were included for constructing phylogenetic trees (Table S2).

4.5. Alignment, Model Selection, and Molecular Analyses

Data were assembled, aligned and trimmed in BioEdit/ClustalW ( Gene regions with multiple gaps were aligned to minimize indels and optimize nucleotide identities among different strains. Sequences from multiple genomic regions were concatenated using Mesquite v3.2 [72], but the mating type loci were analyzed independently. For concatenated data, the best-fit nucleotide substitution models and partitioning scheme were chosen using PartitionFinder v2.0.0 [73] under BIC. To search for the best-fit scheme, a greedy algorithm with linked branch lengths of alternative partitions was used. Partitions obtained consisted of four subsets that corresponded to a specific model (noted in parentheses): Subset 1 included ppgA, cmdA, benA, rpb1 and mcm7 = 2129 bp (K80+G); Subset 2 included ITS = 778 bp (TRNEF+I); Subset 3 included preB and preA = 1223 bp (HKY+G); and Subset 4 included amdS = 491 bp (K80+G).
Bayesian inference statistical methods were used to obtain tree topologies for concatenated data, using the best-fit substitution models listed above. For Bayesian analyses, MrBayes v3.2 [74] was used, and four independent runs were carried out for 107 generations, each with four chains, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, and sampling every 103 generations. We confirmed for each analysis that the average standard deviation of split frequencies between chains approached values of ≤0.01, and the potential scale factor reduction factor (PSRF) to 1. For all the analyses, and from the total number of trees per run, 25% were arbitrarily discarded as “burn-in”. The remaining trees were used to calculate posterior probabilities (PP) for each bipartition in a 50% majority-rule consensus tree using Tracer v1.6 [75]. Phylogenetic trees were visualized and edited with FigTree v1.4.2 [76].

4.6. Morphological and Physiological Studies

Morphological and growth analyses were carried on MEA, High Salt MEA (MS) (MEA complemented with NaCl 60 g/L), Czapek agar (CZ) (Oxoid, Dardly, France), Czapek Yeast Autolysate agar (CYA), YES agar. Physiological analyses were carried out on creatine agar (CREA) [77], and Aspergillus flavus/parasiticus agar (AFPA) [78]. Strains MACI46 (NRRL 66708), MACI219 (NRRL 66709), MACI254 (NRRL 66710), MACI264 (NRRL 66711), A. parvisclerotigenus CBS 121.62 and A. minisclerotigenes J117e were used for the analyses on MS, CYA, CZ, YES, and CREA. In addition, four strains belonging to A. parvisclerotigenus were included for the analyses on MEA and AFPA: MACI8, MACI258, MACI221, and AFc36.
Cultures on MEA, MS, CZ, CYA, YES, CREA, and AFPA were seeded with three calibrated inoculates of 500 spores, and incubated in the dark at 25 °C for seven and ten days. Macroscopic characters were observed with a stereomicroscope SZX9—X12-120 (Olympus, Rungis, France). Microscopic characters were observed on MEA at 7 and 10 days using a microscope CX41—X400 and X1000 (Olympus, Rungis, France). In addition, growth analyses were calculated from MEA cultures, which were centrally inoculated with 103 spores, and incubated at 25 °C, 37 °C and 42 °C for seven days [17,79,80].

4.7. LC/MS Secondary Metabolic Characterization

4.7.1. Secondary Metabolic Characterization of Whole Fungal Culture

Pre-cultures of strains MACI46 (NRRL 66708), MACI219 (NRRL 66709), MACI254 (NRRL 66710) and MACI264 (NRRL 66711) incubated in the dark at 27 °C for seven days. For metabolite profile characterization, isolates were cultured in four different media: MEA, CYA, YES agar, and Potato Dextrose Agar medium (PDA) (Sigma-Aldrich, Saint Quentin Fallavier, France). For each medium, three biological replicates were inoculated centrally with 10 µL of calibrated spore suspensions (105 spores/mL) prepared from seven-day cultures on 7.5 cm Petri dishes. The samples were incubated in the dark at 27 °C for seven days.
To perform extrolite extractions, culture media were macerated and placed in 50 mL sterilized tubes, and thereafter 35 mL of ethyl acetate was added to each sample. Samples were agitated 48 h in an orbital incubator at 170 rpm at room temperature. Ethyl acetate was filtered through a Whatman 1PS phase separator (GE Healthcare Life Sciences, Vélizy-Villacoublay, France) and evaporated at 60 °C until dry. Samples were then dissolved in 400 µL of methanol. To eliminate possible impurities, each sample was filtered through a 0.45 µm disk filter (ThermoFisher Scientific, Illkirch, France) [81].

4.7.2. Secondary Metabolic Characterization of Sclerotia

The isolates were cultured on MEA whereby a loopful of spores was taken from seven-day cultures and streaked onto 9 cm Petri dishes. The MEA samples were incubated in the dark at 27 °C for eight days. To recover sclerotia from culture media, 10 mL of 0.01% Triton-X solution were added to each Petri dish. Sclerotia were gently scraped and transferred into 15 mL tubes. To remove mycelium and conidium debris, 10 mL of 0.01% Triton-X were added to each tube and homogenized in a vortex. Once the sclerotia precipitated, the supernatant was discarded. This step was carried out 4 to 5 times to eliminate possible residual debris [82].
Sclerotia were transferred into a 5 mL mortar. Then 5 mL of ethyl acetate were gently added while grinding the sclerotia. This step was carried out three times. Next, 5 mL of chloroform were gently added and the same procedure followed. This step was repeated three times. Samples were evaporated at 60 °C until dry, and resuspended in 0.5 mL solution methanol/acetonitrile/H2O qsp (30:30:40, v/v/v) [31,82]. To remove possible impurities, samples were filtered through 0.45 µm disk filters (ThermoFisher Scientific, Illkirch, France).

4.7.3. Secondary Metabolic Analysis

Extrolite analyses were carried out on a HPLC apparatus coupled to an LTQ Orbitrap XL high-resolution mass spectrometer (HRMS) (ThermoFisher Scientific, Illkirch, France). Extracted samples contained 10 µL of each replicate diluted with 170 µL methanol. For the analyses, 10 µL of each sample were injected into a reverse-phase 5 µm Luna C18 column (150 mm × 2.0 mm) (Phenomenex, Torrance, CA, USA) operated at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. A gradient program of 0.1% formic acid in water (phase A) and 100% acetonitrile (phase B) was executed as follows: 0 min 20% B, 30 min 50% B, from 35 to 45 min 90% B, from 50 to 60 min 20% B. HRMS acquisitions were obtained by electrospray ionization (ESI) in the positive and negative modes under the subsequent parameters: (1) positive mode: spray voltage + 4.5 kV, capillary temperature 350 °C, sheath gas (N2) flow rate 40 au (arbitrary units), auxiliary gas (N2) flow rate 6 au; and (2) negative mode: spray voltage—3.7 kV, capillary temperature 350 °C, sheath gas (N2) flow rate 30 au, auxiliary gas (N2) flow rate 10 au. Full MS spectra were accomplished at a resolution of 60,000 with a mass-to-charge ratio (m/z) range 50–800. The MS/MS spectra were generated by collision-induced dissociation (CID) according the following parameters: collision energy = 35 eV, resolution = 7500, isolation width = 1.5 Da, activation Q = 0.250, and activation time = 30 ms.

Supplementary Materials

The following are available online at, Table S1: Primers used to amplify multiple genomic regions within Aspergillus species, Table S2: Isolates examined and accession numbers deposited in GenBank.


The authors would like to sincerely thank J.C. Frisvad for providing us the strain of Aspergillus bertholletius CCT 7615. Aflavarin standard was a generous gift from J. Diana Di Mavungu. The isolation of the four A. korhogoensis spp. nov. and three A. parvisclerotigenus strains from peanuts in Korhogo region, Côte d’Ivoire is resulting from the EU project 3CIvoire (EuropeAid/129596/L/ACT/CI DCI-NSAPVD/2010/64), and was also supported by the Service of co-operation and cultural action of the French Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the EU. This work was funded by Aflafree (ANR-11-ALID-0003). Doctoral studies of Amaranta Carvajal-Campos were funded by the Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Inovación (SENESCYT), Ecuador. We would like to thank H. Gryta for helpful advice on phylogeny.

Author Contributions

Isabelle P. Oswald, Olivier Puel, Sophie Lorber and Catherine Brabet conceived, supervised, and designed the experiments. Amaranta Carvajal-Campos performed the experiments, analyzed the data and contributed to experiment design. Souria Tadrist performed experiments. Ama Lethicia Manizan, David Koffi Akaki and Rose Koffi-Nevry performed the fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire. Ama Lethicia Manizan isolated the new species strains from the samples of Côte d’Ivoire. Geromy G. Moore and Stephen O. Fapohunda isolated the strains of A. parvisclerotigenus from Nigeria. Sylviane Bailly performed morphological analyses. Olivier Puel performed the HPLC-DAD and LC-MS analyzes. Didier Montet coordinated the partnership between Côte d’Ivoire and France. Amaranta Carvajal-Campos, Geromy G. Moore, Sophie Lorber and Olivier Puel wrote the paper.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interest. The funding sponsors had no role in the design of the project; collection, analyses or data interpretation; in writing the manuscript; or in the decision to publish the results.


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Figure 1. Phylogenetic tree of Aspergillus section Flavi based on concatenated sequences from nine genomic loci (ITS, benA, cmdA, mcm7, amdS, rpb1, preB, ppgA, and preA). Bayesian tree was calculated from 41 strains, and includes the Type strain for most species. Strong bootstrap values are shown at branch nodes. Species isolate numbers are indicated at branch tips. A. bertholletius CCT 7615 was used as the outgroup taxon.
Figure 1. Phylogenetic tree of Aspergillus section Flavi based on concatenated sequences from nine genomic loci (ITS, benA, cmdA, mcm7, amdS, rpb1, preB, ppgA, and preA). Bayesian tree was calculated from 41 strains, and includes the Type strain for most species. Strong bootstrap values are shown at branch nodes. Species isolate numbers are indicated at branch tips. A. bertholletius CCT 7615 was used as the outgroup taxon.
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Figure 2. Amino acid sequence alignment for the Mat1-1 locus in examined strains representing several Aspergillus species. The amino acid positions were determined based on the complete amino acid sequence of A. flavus NRRL 3357 strain (accession number = EED46656). Accession numbers recovered from GenBank: A. parasiticus MUM 10.212 = HM80303, A. parasiticus MUM 10.224 = HM803058, and A. tamarii NRRL 20818 = HM803044. Other accession numbers are given in Table S2.
Figure 2. Amino acid sequence alignment for the Mat1-1 locus in examined strains representing several Aspergillus species. The amino acid positions were determined based on the complete amino acid sequence of A. flavus NRRL 3357 strain (accession number = EED46656). Accession numbers recovered from GenBank: A. parasiticus MUM 10.212 = HM80303, A. parasiticus MUM 10.224 = HM803058, and A. tamarii NRRL 20818 = HM803044. Other accession numbers are given in Table S2.
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Figure 3. Amino acid sequence alignment for the Mat1-2 locus in examined strains representing several Aspergillus species. The amino acid positions were determined based on the complete amino acid sequence of A. bombycis NRRL 26010 strain (accession number = OGM45987). Accession numbers recovered from GenBank: A. avenaceus NRRL 517 = HM802955, A. alliaceus NRRL 4181 = HM802964, and A. transmontanensis MUM 10223 = HM802958. Other accession numbers are given in Table S2 except for Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus MACI5 (MF966968). Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus MACI5 species identification was based on genomic sequences from ITS (KY689161), benA (KY628772) and cmdA (KY661269). The A. sergii sequence available from GenBank is shorter.
Figure 3. Amino acid sequence alignment for the Mat1-2 locus in examined strains representing several Aspergillus species. The amino acid positions were determined based on the complete amino acid sequence of A. bombycis NRRL 26010 strain (accession number = OGM45987). Accession numbers recovered from GenBank: A. avenaceus NRRL 517 = HM802955, A. alliaceus NRRL 4181 = HM802964, and A. transmontanensis MUM 10223 = HM802958. Other accession numbers are given in Table S2 except for Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus MACI5 (MF966968). Aspergillus parvisclerotigenus MACI5 species identification was based on genomic sequences from ITS (KY689161), benA (KY628772) and cmdA (KY661269). The A. sergii sequence available from GenBank is shorter.
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Figure 4. Comparison between cultures of Aspergillus korhogoensis sp. nov. and other species from the A. flavus clade: (a) A. korhogoensis MACI46; (b) A. korhogoensis MACI219; (c) A. korhogoensis MACI254; (d) A. korhogoensis MACI264; (e) A. parvisclerotigenus CBS 121.62; and (f) A. minisclerotigenes J117c. Cultures were grown on MEA, CYA, YES, CZ, and MS at 25 °C for Seven days.
Figure 4. Comparison between cultures of Aspergillus korhogoensis sp. nov. and other species from the A. flavus clade: (a) A. korhogoensis MACI46; (b) A. korhogoensis MACI219; (c) A. korhogoensis MACI254; (d) A. korhogoensis MACI264; (e) A. parvisclerotigenus CBS 121.62; and (f) A. minisclerotigenes J117c. Cultures were grown on MEA, CYA, YES, CZ, and MS at 25 °C for Seven days.
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Figure 5. Comparison between sclerotia of A. korhogoensis sp. nov. and other species from A. flavus clade. Sclerotia recovered from cultures grown on MEA at 25 °C for seven days.
Figure 5. Comparison between sclerotia of A. korhogoensis sp. nov. and other species from A. flavus clade. Sclerotia recovered from cultures grown on MEA at 25 °C for seven days.
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Figure 6. Conidial heads of A. korhogoensis MACI254 (100×): (a) radiate splitting conidial heads; and (b) columnar conidial heads (100×).
Figure 6. Conidial heads of A. korhogoensis MACI254 (100×): (a) radiate splitting conidial heads; and (b) columnar conidial heads (100×).
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Figure 7. Conidiophores of A. korhogoensis MACI254 (400×): (a) typical conidiophore, radiate and biseriate, mostly observed in basal mycelium; and (b) atypical conidiophore uniseriate, found in aerial mycelium.
Figure 7. Conidiophores of A. korhogoensis MACI254 (400×): (a) typical conidiophore, radiate and biseriate, mostly observed in basal mycelium; and (b) atypical conidiophore uniseriate, found in aerial mycelium.
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Table 1. Principal secondary metabolites produced by Aspergillus korhogoensis.
Table 1. Principal secondary metabolites produced by Aspergillus korhogoensis.
MetaboliteElemental Compositionm/zIonRetention Time (min)MS/MSError (ppm)ID Level *References
Aflatoxin B1C17H12O6313.07[M + H]+17.37285 (100), 298, 284, 270, 257, 243, 229−0.3981, 2[25]
Aflatoxin B2C17H14O6315.07[M + H]+14.95297, 287 (100), 259, 269, 273−5.9201, 2[25]
Aflatoxin G1C17H12O7329.08[M + H]+15.25311 (100), 301, 300, 283, 243−0.1191, 2[25]
Aflatoxin G2C17H14O7331.08[M + H]+12.84313 (100), 303, 285, 275, 257, 245−0.5111, 2[25]
O-methyl-sterigmatocystinC19H14O6339.08[M + H]+24.21324 (100), 311, 306, 2952.8171
SterigmatocystinC18H12O6325.07[M + H]+33.59310 (100), 297, 2820.5701, 2[26]
Versicolorin AC18H10O7337.03[M − H]35.95309 (100), 319, 308, 293, 265, 253−2.0941, 2[27]
Versicolorin BC18H12O7339.05[M − H]34.40311 (100) 310, 309, 295, 297, 283−0.5781, 2[27]
Norsolorinic acidC20H18O7369.10[M − H]42.07351 (100), 341, 325, 308, 297, 2701.5281
α-cyclopiazonic acidC20H20N2O3337.15[M + H]+36.77182 (100), 196, 154, 1400.5611, 2[28]
β-cyclopiazonic acidC20H22N2O3339.17[M + H]+37.58198 (100), 324, 283, 183, 144, 130−1.2892[28]
2′-oxo-cyclopiazonic acidC20H20N2O4353.15[M + H]+36.20335 (100), 311, 293, 252, 224, 212−1.1742[28]
3′-hydroxy-speradine AC21H22 N2O5383.16[M + H]+21.19355 (100), 365, 182, 184, 226, 254, 323, 347, 337−1.1442[28]
Speradine CC20H22 N2O5371.16[M + H]+18.19353 (100), 287, 269, 259, 226, 1842.7802[28]
Speradine DC20H22 N2O6387.16[M + H]+20.80369 (100), 269, 226, 1842.6792[28]
Speradine FC21H22 N2O7415.15[M + H]+18.99397 (100), 379, 369, 355, 353, 337, 311, 297, 281, 269, 253, 226, 184−0.6442[28]
Cyclopiamide JC22H24N2O7429.17[M + H]+23.96287 (100), 411, 497, 379, 369, 337, 269, 259, 226, 184−0.6932[28]
Kojic acidC6H6O4143.03[M + H]+1.87143 (100) 125, 113, 971.4321, 2[29]
α-aflatremC32H39NO4502.29[M + H]+41.45444 (100), 484, 426, 412, 376, 1981.144
PaspalinineC27H31NO4434.23[M + H]+39.22376 (100), 416, 419, 362, 358, 344, 1300.7262[30]
PaspalineC28H39NO2422.31[M + H]+43.96130 (100), 404, 407−0.5832[30]
HydroxyaflatremC32H39NO5518.29[M + H]+38.22460 (100), 500, 482, 442, 446, 428−0.347
PaxillineC27H33NO4436.25[M + H]+38.64418 (100), 421, 400, 378, 360, 346, 130−2.7621, 2[30]
13′-desoxypaxillineC27H33NO3420.25[M + H]+40.31402 (100), 405, 362, 130−0.3202[30]
Asparasone AC18H14O8357.06[M − H]22.13339 (100) 2991.3152[31]
1,3,4,6,8 pentahydroxy-2-(1′-hydroxy-3′-oxobuty)anthraquinoneC18H14O9373.04[M − H]9.36355 (100) 3150.6292[31]
1,3,6,8 tetrahydroxy-2-(1′-hydroxyethyl) anthraquinoneC16H1207315.05[M − H]27.98297 (100)0.7752[31]
1,3,6,8 tetrahydroxy-2-(3′ oxobut 1′-en-1′-yl) anthraquinoneC18H1207339.05[M − H]29.77297 (100) 321, 296, 295, 311, 3061.4282[31]
Leporin BC22H25NO3352.19[M + H]+40.78216 (100), 230, 244, 258, 270, 282, 296, 306−1.5052[25]
Leporin B precursorC22H25NO2336.20[M + H]+37.97200 (100), 214, 228, 242, 254, 266, 2800.1022[25]
AflavarinC24H22O9455.13[M + H]+18.22413 (100), 425, 437, 395, 379, 364, 348, 303−3.7321, 2[32]
7′-demethyl-siderinC11H10O4207.07[M + H]+13.58163 (100), 177, 175, 148, 147, 135, 133, 131, 115, 1070.3122[32]
Aflavarin precursor 6C22H18O8411.11[M + H]+20.69369 (100), 381, 379, 352, 343, 337, 279, 207, 177, 147−0.5692[32]
Aflavarin precursor 5C23H20O8425.12[M + H]+26.75383 (100), 393, 369, 363, 357, 3490.4842[32]
Aflavarin precursor 4C24H22O8439.14[M + H]+30.52397 (100), 383, 371, 367, 365, 351, 341, 321−0.6242[32]
20′-hydroxyaflavinineC28H39O2N404.29[M − H2O + H]+37.53386 (100), 287, 269, 243, 144, 1300.0711
Unknown aflavanineC28H39O2N404.29[M − H2O + H]+38.14386 (100), 287, 269, 2240.170
* ID Level 1: Metabolites that displayed the same retention time, UV and MS/MS spectra than the authentic standard. Level 2: Metabolites that displayed the same UV spectrum and/or the same MS/MS fragmentation pattern in accordance with the literature.
Table 2. Aspergillus isolates used in this study.
Table 2. Aspergillus isolates used in this study.
StrainSampling DataReference
A. arachidicola
CBS 117610T = IBT 25020Arachis glabatra leafArgentina[20]
CBS 117614 = IBT 27183Arachis glabatra leafArgentina[20]
A. bertholletius
CCT 7615TSoil near Bertholletia excelsa treesBrazil[19]
A. bombycis
NRRL 26010T = CBS 117187Frass, silkworm rearing houseJapan[66]
A. caelatus
NRRL 25528T = ATCC 201128 = CBS 763.97 = JCM 10151Peanut field soilGeorgia, USAHorn B.W., National Peanut Lab, Dawson, GA (in NRRL database)
A. flavus
NRRL 3518Wheat flourIllinois, USAGraves NRRL isolate (in NRRL database)
NRRL 4818 = CBS 16870Food, butterUSAFennell D.I., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (in NRRL database)
NRRL 3357 = CBS 128202Peanut cotyledonsUSA[67]
A. minisclerotigenes
CBS 117635TArachis hypogaea seedArgentina[20]
NRRL 29000Peanut soilAustraliaGeiser D., Pennsylvania State University (in [21])
E44White pepperMorocco[15]
A. mottae
MUM 10.231T = CBS 130016Maize seedPortugal[18]
A. nomius
NRRL 13137T = CBS 260.88WheatIllinois, USASchindler A.F., FDA, Washington D.C. (in NRRL database)
A. novoparasiticus
CBS 126849T = LEMI 250Sputum, leukemic patientSão Paulo, Brazil[23]
LEMI 149Hospital airSão Paulo, Brazil[23]
LEMI 267Sputum, leukemic patientSão Paulo, Brazil[23]
AFc31 = NRRL 62794CassavaBenin[14]
AFc32 = NRRL 62795CassavaBenin[14]
A. oryzae
CBS 100925T = IMI 16266 = NRRL 447Unknown sourceJapan[17]
RIB40Cereal (broad bean)Kyoto, Japan[68]
A. parasiticus
CBS 100926TPseudococcus calceolariae, sugar cane mealy bugHawaii, USA[17]
NRRL 492Unknown sourceChina[23]
A. parvisclerotigenus
CBS 121.62TArachis hypogeaNigeria[9]
AFc36 = NRRL 62796CassavaBenin[14]
MACI8PeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
MACI221PeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
MACI258PeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
SF1Rain forest soilNigeria[65]
SF3Rain forest soilNigeria[65]
SF6Rain forest soilNigeria[65]
SF9Food itemNigeria[65]
A. pseudocaelatus
CBS 117616TArachis burkartii leafArgentina[17]
A. pseudotamarii
NRRL 443SoilBrazil[69]
NRRL 25518Tea field soilMiyazaki, Japan[70]
A. sergii
MUM 10.219T = CBS 130017Almond shellPortugal[18]
A. sojae
CBS 100928TSoy sauceJapan[17]
A. transmontanensis
MUM 10.214T = CBS 130015Almond shellPortugal[18]
A. korhogoensis sp. nov.
MACI254TPeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
MACI46PeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
MACI219PeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
MACI264PeanutsCôte d’IvoireThis study
CBS, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht, The Netherlands; NRRL: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peoria, IL, USA; LEMI: Laboratório Especial de Micologia, São Paulo, Brazil; MUM: Micoteca da Universidade de Minho, Braga, Portugal; CCT: Coleção de Cultura Tropical, Campinas, Brazil; SF: Southern Regional Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Orleans, USA.
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