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EMSL Microbiologist Discovers New Species of Penicillium


A new species of Penicillium was discovered by Dr. Zeljko Jurjevic, a Senior Mycologist from the corporate headquarters of EMSL Analytical, Inc.

After analyzing thousands of fungal cultures, a new species of Penicillium was recently revealed to the scientific community. The fungus was morphologically recognized as a new species and in order to confirm this finding, Dr. Jurjevic traveled to the USDA in Peoria, Illinois where their Penicillium center is located.

Along with Dr. Stephen Peterson, an expert in the field of fungal molecular genetics, they began the necessary DNA comparisons with other similar species existing in the USDA fungal collection in order to establish a new and distinct species.

Dr. Jurjevic named the new fungus, Penicillium cvijetkovicii after his longtime mentor and thesis advisor Dr. Bogdan Cvijetkovic, a well-known and respected plant pathologist from Zeljko’s homeland, Croatia.

Additional research by Dr. Jurjevic is continuing and his collaboration with Dr. Peterson has lead to additional potential findings. They plan to have some information on a few other promising new species in the next several months for the scientific community.

“We are very proud of Dr. Jurjevic’s important research and findings,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical. “New discoveries in our scientific arena, specifically indoor air quality and microbial analyses, will help all researchers in the environmental and scientific communities,” Frasca continued.

EMSL has been dedicated to research and development since its inception in 1981. The laboratory is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing providers of environmental microbiology and chemistry analytical services. For more information on laboratory services and products provided by EMSL please call (800) 220-3675, visit or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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