What does Aspergillus sp. do?
cause food spoilage
attack many types of organic molecules
used industrially to make various compounds (soy sauce, citric acid, etc)
Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus produce aflatoxins, potent hepatoxins
A few species are animal/ human pathogens, e.g. lung diseases called aspergilloses, endocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)