Fungal Genomics

at Utrecht University

Fungal food spoilers

Project description

Fungi are among the most potent food spoilers, causing considerable food losses. Generally, these fungi are stress resistant, allowing them to survive food preservation measures. The aims of this project are to identify the causes of this stress resistance, and to find ways counteract it.

The model organisms are Penicillium roqueforti, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Paecilomyces variotii, and Aspergillus niger.

The project leader is Han Wösten. The project is a collaboration of Utrecht University, the Westerdijk Institute, Leiden University, and Wageningen University. It is funded by a grant from TIFN. The Fungal Genomics group is involved with genome sequencing and analysis.

Penicillium roqueforti

Figure. Spores (conidia) of Penicillium roqueforti (Punt et al., 2020)

Lab members currently working on this project

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Impact of maturation and growth temperature on cell-size distribution, heat-resistance, compatible solute composition and transcription profiles of Penicillium roqueforti conidia.
Punt M, van den Brule T, Teertstra WR, Dijksterhuis J, den Besten HMW, Ohm RA, Wosten HAB
Food Res Int. 2020 Oct; 136: 109287. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2020.109287

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