Acremonium alcalophilum JCM 7366

Credit: Nadeeza Ishmael and Tricia John

Genome Project

- Joint Genome Institute, U.S. Department of Energy

Note: the strain sequenced is JCM 7366, and not ATCC 90507. See Ecology below for additional information.

Alternate annotation and browser

- Genozymes project

Species Information

Current name

Acremonium alcalophilum G. Okada 1993 [1]

Morphic status

Anamorph (teleomorph unknown)

Lineage (based on in-house phylogenetic analysis, conservative interpretation)

Fungi, Ascomycota; Sordariomycetes; Sordariomycetes incertae sedis; Incertae sedis; Acremonium


The strain was isolated from sludge of pig faeces compost. It grows optimally at pH 9.0 in cellulose, glucose, xylan or agricultural straws (1).

Interesting Features

The ability to breakdown cellulose in alkaline environment is the distinctive feature of this fungus (1). The extracellular enzymes produced by this fungus are expected to have pH optima in the alkaline range, which may find application in the hydrolysis of organic matter in manure or as detergent supplements.


1. Okada G, Niimura Y, Sakata T, Uchimura T, Ohara N, et al. (1993) Acremonium alcalophilum, a new alkalophilic cellulolytic hyphomycete. Transactions of the Mycological Society of Japan 34: 171-185.