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Aspergillus flavus
The rough conidiophore of A. flavus
The rough conidiophore of A. flavus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Eurotiomycetes
Order: Eurotiales
Family: Trichocomaceae
Genus: Aspergillus
Species: A. flavus
Binomial name
Aspergillus flavus
Johann Heinrich Friedrich

Aspergillus flavus is a mold fungus. It is a pathogen, associated with aspergillosis of the lungs and sometimes believed to cause corneal, otomycotic, and nasoorbital infections. It is believed to be allergenic and sometimes causes losses in silkworm hatcheries.

It is particularly common on corn and peanuts, as well as water damaged carpets, and is one of several species of mold known to produce aflatoxin which is a carcinogenic substance.

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Aspergillus flavus Genome Sequencing Project

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