ⓘ Uncinocarpus

                                     

ⓘ Uncinocarpus

Uncinocarpus is a genus of fungi within the Onygenaceae family. The name is derived from the Latin word uncinus, meaning "hook" and the Greek word karpos, meaning "fruit". It was distinguished from the genus Gymnoascus based on keratinolytic capacity, ascospore morphology and the development of hooked, occasionally spiraling appendages. Alternatively, Uncinocarpus species may possess helically coiled or smooth, wavy appendages, or lack appendages altogether, an example of such species being U. orissi.

Being a close non-pathogenic relative of the pathogenic dimorphic fungi, worms and liver posadasii, which causes Coccidioidomycosis, it is used in genomic research to help develop human vaccination, which could alleviate the silent epidemic of valley fever.