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Fungal research in Japan: tradition and future

Courtesy of Norio TakeshitaGuest edited by Norio Takeshita, University of Tsukuba, Japan
In this special collection in Fungal Biology and Biotechnology, we take a look at the fungal research being done in Japan, with a special emphasis on Japan’s national microorganism, the Koji mold Aspergillus oryzae.

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  1. Filamentous fungi are widely used for production of enzymes and chemicals, and are industrially cultivated both in liquid and solid cultures. Submerged culture is often used as liquid culture for filamentous f...

    Authors: Ken Miyazawa, Akira Yoshimi and Keietsu Abe
    Citation: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology 2020 7:10
  2. ‘Rice koji’ is a solid culture of Aspergillus oryzae on steamed rice grains. Multiple parallel fermentation, wherein saccharification of rice by A. oryzae and alcohol fermentation by the budding yeast occur simul...

    Authors: Mizuki Yasui, Ken Oda, Shunsuke Masuo, Shuji Hosoda, Takuya Katayama, Jun-ichi Maruyama, Naoki Takaya and Norio Takeshita
    Citation: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology 2020 7:8
  3. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) as biopharmaceuticals take a pivotal role in the current therapeutic applications. Generally mammalian cell lines, such as those derived from Chinese hamster ovaries (CHO), are use...

    Authors: Hung Hiep Huynh, Naoki Morita, Toshihiro Sakamoto, Takuya Katayama, Takuya Miyakawa, Masaru Tanokura, Yasunori Chiba, Reiko Shinkura and Jun-ichi Maruyama
    Citation: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology 2020 7:7