Biodiversity of the genus penicillium in different habitats

Ajar N. Yadav, Priyanka Verma, Vinod Kumar, Punesh Sangwan, Shashank Mishra, Neha Panjiar, Vijai K. Gupta, Anil K. Saxena

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Penicillium is a genus of ascomycetous fungi and has an important role in various natural processes. The wide and ubiquitous presence of the Penicillium species has been researched in several studies. According to a comprehensive literature analysis Penicillium is one of the most common fungi occurring in various environments such as soil, air, and extreme environments (temperature, salinity, water deficiency, and pH) and is also associated with plants and specific food products. Due to its huge diversity and existence in extreme environments there is great potential in using it for various environmental, biotechnological, and industrial applications. This chapter describes how to isolate and identify Penicillium species and its diversity in various habitats as well as insight in its selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Subtitle of host publicationPenicillium System Properties and Applications
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780444635013
ISBN (Print)9780444635129
Publication statusFirst published - 15 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodiversity
  • Extreme environments
  • Habitats
  • Penicillium
  • Plant associated


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