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Mucor hiemalis is a fungus within the order Mucorales. The genus Mucor contains 39 species of fungi and are typically associated with leaf litter or saprobic activity on animal dung. M. hiemalis was first described by C. Wehmer in 1903, with distribution from the arctic and alpine soils to the tropics, in Europe and the Americas (Domsch 1980).

Mucor hiemalis is known to occasionally cause mucormycosis in humans (Center for Disease Control 2015) and is now being studied for its potential use in bioremediation (Hoque and Fritscher 2016, 2017).

The fungus is also significant to countries manufacturing fermented soybean products  (Han et al. 2004, Hong et al. 2011) and is known to produce intracellular uricase which may have applications in clinical settings (Yazdi et al. 2006).

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