News release CBS

Penicillium vanoranjei makes Top 10 list of new species described in 2013

23 May 2014

In celebration of Carolus Linnaeus' birthday (23 May), the International Institute for Species Exploration have released their list of the Top 10 species described in 2013. The list includes Penicillium vanoranjei, which was described at CBS-KNAW and named in honour of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander to coincide with his inauguration.




Penicillium vanoranjei was chosen by an international committee of taxonomists and related experts from an approximate 18000 new species described in 2013.

The Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS) Fungal Biodiversity Centre - an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and situated in Utrecht - maintains a world-renowned collection of living filamentous fungi, yeasts and bacteria. The Institute's research programs principally focus on the taxonomy and evolution of fungi as well as on functional aspects of fungal biology and ecology, increasingly making use of molecular and genomics approaches. The institute employs circa 90 personnel, among whom 20 scientists