Cell wall dynamics of Aspergillus Niger
Aspergillus niger, well known as the fungus that produces black mold on old bread, forms an extended network of interconnected hyphae. This mycelium has an enormous capacity to secrete proteins and other compounds. Its productivity has led the food and pharmaceutical industry to use A. niger as the preferred biological production factories for, among others, enzymes. New information about genetic signalling in the fungus cells has urged Marc van der Maarel to study the dynamics of the A. niger mycelium in more detail.