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Aspergillus brasiliensis Varga et al.


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An ampoule containing viable cells (may include spores and mycelia) suspended in cryoprotectant.
Product category
Fungi, Dikarya, Ascomycota, Pezizomycotina, Eurotiomycetes, Eurotiomycetidae, Eurotiales, Aspergillaceae, Aspergillus
Strain designation
WLRI 034(120) [CBS 733.88, DSM 1387, DSM 1988, IFO 9455, IMI 149007, NCPF 2275]
Type strain
Genome sequenced strain
Isolation source
Geographical isolation
United States; North Carolina
Food testing
Media testing
Quality control
Pharmaceutical testing
Product format
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
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Detailed product information


Specific applications
Assay of antimicrobial preservatives
Media testing
Preparatory test control
Quality control strain
Sterility testing
Testing fungicides
Transformation host
Validation control
Reference strain for performance testing culture media listed by the ISO TC 34 SC 9 Joint Working Group 5 in the ISO 11133 and by the Working Party on Culture Media of the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH-WPCM)
Food testing
Pharmaceutical and Personal Care
Potential bioremediation agent: phenolic compounds, melanoidin
Recommended as a test microorganism for EP 2.6.1 Sterility
Recommended as a test microorganism for EP 2.6.12 Microbial Examination of Non-Sterile Products: Microbial Enumeration Tests
Recommended as a test microorganism for EP 2.6.27 Microbiological Control of Cellular Products
Recommended as a test microorganism for EP 5.1.3 Efficacy of Antimicrobial Preservation
Recommended as a test microorganism for JP 16 4.05 I Microbiological Examination of Non-sterile Products: Total Viable Aerobic Count
Recommended as a test microorganism for JP 16 4.06 Sterility Test
Recommended as a test microorganism for JP 16 G4 Microorganisms: Preservatives-Effectiveness Tests
Recommended as a test microorganism for USP <1072> Disinfectants and Antiseptics
Recommended as a test microorganism for USP <2021> Microbial Enumeration Tests
Recommended as a test microorganism for USP <51> Antimicrobial Effectiveness Testing
Recommended as a test microorganism for USP <61> Microbiological Examination of Nonsterile Products: Microbial Enumeration Tests
Recommended as a test microorganism for USP <71> Sterility Tests

Recommended as a test microorganism for AENOR UNE-EN 1275: Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Quantitative suspension test for the evaluation of basic fungicidal or basic yeasticidal activity of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics - Test method and requirements

Recommended as a test microorganism for ASTM E640: Standard Test Method for Preservatives in Water-Containing Cosmetics

Recommended as a test microorganism for ISO 11930: Cosmetics — Microbiology — Evaluation of the antimicrobial protection of a cosmetic product



Colonies initially white or yellowish, mycelium growing rapidly producing a dense layer of erect smooth-stiped, conidiophores terminated by globose vesicles bearing phialides (uniseriate) or metulae with phialides (biseriate) which produce dry chains of conidia. Reverse pale to grayish or greenish yellow. Vesicles radiate, initially pale, becoming dark brown to black. Conidia spherical, mid-to-dark brown, highly roughened with ridges and blunt or pointed protuberances, (3-)4-5(-6) µm in diameter.
Sporulation may be inhibited when grown in vessels with reduced gas exchange. Colonies may exhibit sectoring with areas of varying levels of sporulation. Use of freshly produced spores as inoculum should reduce sectoring.
This strain is recommended by ATCC for use in the tests described in ASTM Standard Test Method E979-91 where only the taxon is specified.
This strain was recently re-named as Aspergillus brasiliensis.
Use of impedance for preservative efficacy testing

Handling information

Handling procedure
For freeze-dry (lyophilized) ampoules:
  1. Open an ampoule according to enclosed instructions.
  2. From a single test tube of sterile distilled water (5 to 6 mL), withdraw approximately 0.5 to 1.0 mL with a sterile pipette and apply directly to the pellet. Stir to form a suspension.
  3. Aseptically transfer the suspension back into the test tube of sterile distilled water.
  4. Let the test tube sit at room temperature (25°C) undisturbed for at least 2 hours; longer (e.g., overnight) rehydration might increase viability of some fungi.
  5. Mix the suspension well. Use several drops (or make dilutions if desired) to inoculate recommended solid or liquid medium. Include a control that receives no inoculum.
  6. Incubate the inoculum at the propagation conditions recommended.
  7. Inspect for growth of the inoculum/strain regularly. Viability is typically noticeable after 2-11 days of incubation. However, the time necessary for significant growth will vary from strain to strain.


Handling notes
This strain was identified as belonging to the new species Aspergillus brasiliensis (see Varga et al. 2007 and Houseknecht et al., 2008.)
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Quality control specifications

Sequenced data
18S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence; internal transcribed spacer 1, 5.8S ribosomal RNA gene, and internal transcribed spacer 2, complete sequence; and 28S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence.


D1D2 region of the 28S Ribosomal RNA gene


Verification method
Whole-genome Sequencing


Deposited as
Aspergillus niger van Tieghem
SM Ringel
Chain of custody
ATCC <-- SM Ringel
Type of isolate
Food & Beverage; Plant
Cross references
GenBank KU729174 D1/D2 region of 28S rRNA gene
GenBank FJ195348 ITS including 5.8S rRNA gene

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Curated Citations

Connolly P, et al. The use of impedance for preservative efficacy testing of pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products. J. Appl. Bacteriol. 76: 68-74, 1994. PubMed: 8144407

Wnendt S, et al. Molecular cloning, sequence analysis and expression of the gene encoding an antifungal-protein from Aspergillus giganteus. Curr. Genet. 25: 519-523, 1994. PubMed: 8082203

ASTM International Standard Test Method for Preservatives in Water-Containing Cosmetics. West Conshohocken, PA

British Pharmacopoeia Commission Test for sterility. London, UK:British Pharmacopoeia Commission;British Pharmacopoeia Appendix XVI A, 2003

British Pharmacopoeia Commission Tests for microbial contamination. London, UK:British Pharmacopoeia Commission;British Pharmacopoeia Appendix XVI B, 2003

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