Concept for the Development of an Expert Computer Program for the Identification of Filamentous Fungi

Beata Gutarowska, Marek Izdebski
Pol J Microbiol
2012; 61 (3):
ICID: 1014504
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 10.00
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An expert program is developed for users working in industry laboratories who are not experts in the identification of filamentous fungi. The database of morphological growth features contains currently 12 species from the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium grown under standards conditions. The identification algorithm implemented in the database takes into account the reliability of users that can vary over a wide range depending on the identification feature. Reliability of users was estimated on the basis of a questionnaire survey performed on 27 non-experts as the likelihood of response consistent with indication of experts. The program works through comparative analysis of features of the fungus being identified with the expert-developed database and selection of the most likely species among the species represented by reference strains. The expert program reduces subjective mistakes and may be extended to include further fungal species and genera; furthermore, it can be completed with chemotaxonomic, genetic and other data.

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