Solid state (13)C NMR studies of the extracellular glucans from the fungi Acremonium persicinum C38 (QM107a) and Acremonium sp. strain C106 indicated a backbone of (1-->3)-beta-linked glucosyl residues with single (1-->6)-beta-linked glucosyl side branches for both glucans. Analyses of enzymatic digestion products suggested that the average branching frequency for the A. persicinum glucan (66.7% branched) was much higher than that of the Acremonium sp. strain C106 glucan (28.6% branched). The solid state (13)C NMR spectra also indicated that both glucans are amorphous polymers with no crystalline regions, and the individual chains are probably arranged as triple helices.