Aspergillus flavus

Characteristics: It is an occasional agent of pulmonary or disseminated infection in the immunocompromised patient. Cases of sinusitis and onychomycosis have also been reported. In animals, it may be the agent of respiratory infections of birds.

Description: It is often found in plants and soil. It is known especially for its aflatoxins produced in certain foodstuffs such as peanuts. It is characterized by its rapid growth, powdery texture, and yellow/green color. Aspergillus flavus is distinguished from other species of Aspergillus by its brilliant yellow green colonies and bias typical rough walled conidiophores.

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