Aspergillus (/ˌæspərˈɪləs/) is a genus consisting of a few hundred mould species found in various climates worldwide.

Aspergillus was first catalogued in 1729 by the Italian priest and biologist Pier Antonio Micheli. Viewing the fungi under a microscope, Micheli was reminded of the shape of an aspergillum (holy water sprinkler), from Latin spargere (to sprinkle), and named the genus accordingly.[1] Aspergillum is an asexual spore-forming structure common to all Aspergillus species; around one-third of species are also known to have a sexual stage.[2] Aspergillus can be eliminated from homes with the help of either rubbing alcohol(70%) or by using strong air purifiers to eliminate the effects on the lungs.