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aflatoxin

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(af-lă-toks-in)

a poisonous substance produced in the spores of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which infects peanuts. It is known to produce cancer in certain animals.

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aspergillosis

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A lung disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. There may be allergic responses to aspergillus antigens or actual infection, which may spread in immunocompromised individuals.

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Eurotiales

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(subdivision Ascomycotina)

An order of mycelium-forming fungi which form cleistothecioid (see cleistothecium) ascocarps and unitunicate, thin-walled asci containing unicellular...

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koji

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Japanese;

koji mould (Aspergillus oryzae) grown on roasted cereal to provide a starter for fermentation to produce natto and mirin. See also Aspergillus; takadiastase.

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macerases

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A group of enzymes (usually extracted from Aspergillus spp.) used to break down pectin in fruits to facilitate maximum extraction of the juice.

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takadiastase

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An enzyme preparation produced by growing the fungus Aspergillus oryzae on bran, leaching the culture mass with water, and precipitating with alcohol. Contains a mixture of enzymes, largely...

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