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    Abstract - Issue Sep 2009, 30 (5)                                     Back


Marine mycoflora in backwater ecosystem of Kerala, India


Gayatri R. Nambiar* and K. Raveendran

1Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Botany, Sir Syed College, Taliparamba, Kerala - 670 142, India

(Received: November 20, 2007; Revised received: April 30, 2008; Accepted: July 28, 2008)


Abstract: Back water system of Kerala is well known for its fertility. Fungi play a vital role in detritus decomposition, nutrient cycling and energy flow in marine food web including backwater ecosystem. Present investigation on the diversity of marine fungi from two back waters of Kerala resulted in the isolation of 20 marine fungi. These include 11 Ascomycetes, 1 Basidiomycete and 8 Mitosporic fungi. In terms of percent frequency of occurrence the most common species obtained were Aniptodera chesapeakensis, Verruculina enalia, Savoryella lignicola and Clavatospora bulbosa. Ascochyta sp. was represented by only a single isolate.

Key words: Backwater, Marine fungi, Wood samples, Diversity, Backbone

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