• J. E. Smith

Part of the Biotechnology Handbooks book series (BTHA, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Z. Kozakiewicz, D. Smith
    Pages 23-40
  3. Shigeomi Ushijima
    Pages 41-64
  4. P. Gervais, M. Bensoussan
    Pages 101-140
  5. W. M. Fogarty
    Pages 177-218
  6. C. W. Lewis, J. G. Anderson, J. E. Smith
    Pages 219-261
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-273

About this book


The genus Aspergillus has a worldwide distribution and is one of the most common of all groups of fungi. They are possibly the greatest contami­ nants of natural and man-made organic products, and a few species can cause infections in man and animals. The aspergilli are also one of the most important mycotoxin-producing groups of fungi when growing as contaminants of cereals, oil seeds, and other foods. Not all aspergilli are viewed as troublesome contaminants, however, as several species have had their metabolic capabilities harnessed for commercial use. The aspergilli have long been associated in the Far East with the koji stage of several food fermentations, particularly soy sauce and miso, and subsequently as a source of useful enzymes. The ability of these fungi to produce several organic acids, especially citric acid, has created major industrial complexes worldwide. Traditional methods of strain develop­ ment have been extensively studied with the industrial strains, while more recently, recombinant DNA technology has been applied to the aspergilli with emphasis on heterologous protein production. In compiling this book, I have been fortunate to have the full enthu­ siastic involvement of the authors, and to them I extend my very grateful thanks for mostly being on time and for producing such readable and authoritative chapters. Collectively, we hope that our efforts will strengthen the scientific understanding of this intriguing group of filamentous fungi and further their use in the field of biotechnology.


Expression Fermentation enzymes physiology protein

Editors and affiliations

  • J. E. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland

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