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EMSL Microbiologist Identifies Two New Species of Fungi - Rasamsonia columbiensis and Paecilomyces tabacinus

EMSL Analytical congratulates Dr. Željko Jurjevic on his discovery.

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE
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EMSL’s Senior Mycologist, Dr. Željko Jurjevic, identified two species of fungi that were encountered during the course of mold surveys in a built environment. Dr. Jurjevic along with Dr. Vit Hubka and Dr. Stephen W. Peterson discovered Rasamsonia columbiensis and Paecilomyces tabacinus as distinct species.

Paecilomyces and the recently established Rasamsonia genus contain thermotolerant species that are found worldwide in soil, wood, indoor environments, various food and animal feed, and may be associated with many health issues of humans and animals.

“We are very proud of Dr. Jurjevic’s continuous hard work and dedication in identifying new species,” said Dr. Jason Dobranic, Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Dr. Jurjevic’s impressive accomplishment in providing breakthrough information to help the overall industry while still providing high-quality data for clients is a tribute to our dedicated staff at EMSL.”

The information has been published in “Fungal Plant description sheets: 400-468” located in Persoonia – Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi. To view the article, please visit A full description of Rasamsonia columbiensis can be found on pages 404-405 and Paecilomyces tabacinus on pages 408-409.

For more information about EMSL’s microbiology division, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality 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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