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        Abstract - Issue Jan 2008, 29 (1)                                                                                                             Back


Incidence of keratinophilic fungi in waterlogged condition of paddy soil

J.N. Shrivastava*, G. P. Satsangi* and Ajay Kumar

Microbiology Lab., Department of Botany, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Dayalbagh, Agra - 282 005, India

(Received: February 02, 2006 ; Revised received: November 20, 2006 ; Re-revised received: December 04, 2006 ; Accepted: December 14, 2006)

Abstract: Prevalence of keratinophilic fungi was observed in paddy field soil during different stages of cultivation viz., transplanting, tillering, milking and maturation. Out of total 76 soil samples, 65 soil samples were found to be positive for the keratinophilic fungi. Fourteen species belonging to a single genus Chrysosporium were isolated through out the cropping season. C. keratinophilum (17. 1 %) followed by C. tropicum (13.15 %) were found to be the most dominating geophilic species. The highest percent distribution of keratinophilic fungi appeared during the milking stage (100 %) of paddy cultivation, followed by the maturation stage (89.47 %).

Key words: Chrysosporium species, Keratinophilic fungi, Keratin, Paddy soil

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