Posted by Kasra Hassani
I am appointed to do a review paper for a ‘Reading and Conference’ course on Fungi. I chose the opportunistic pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus as the focus of my review. Having studied only on Trypanosomes and innate immune cells so far, my background in mycology is close to zero. So I decided to start from scratch. I stepped upon a surprisingly neatly written review that gave me exactly as much background I needed on Aspergillus before I would go more in depth on the subject. “Aspergillus: A primer for the novice” by Dr. Joan Bennett includes scientifically exciting and still critical detail about various species of Aspergillus, their commercial, historical and culinary(yes!) importance. For once after a long time I read the whole review paper and not only the section that interested my research focus. If interested to learn more about the ubiquitous fungus Aspergillus, you can also enjoy reading this paper alongside your favorite afternoon beverage here.
Bennett JW (2009). Aspergillus: a primer for the novice. Medical mycology : official publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, 47 Suppl 1 PMID: 19253144