ISOLATION OF KERATINOPHILIC FUNGI FROM CULTIVATED AND NON-CULTIVATED SOILS OF BIDAR, INDIANARAYAN HOSAMANI AND G.M. VIDYASAGAR
Investigations were conducted to assess the ecological factors governing distribution of keratinophilic fungi in cultivated and non-cultivated soils of Bidar district in Karnataka, India. Samples were collected from different places of Bidar district. A total of 28 fungal species belonging to 20 genera were isolated from both cultivated and non-cultivated soils. Of these, 25 fungal species were isolated from cultivated soils, 23 fungal species from non-cultivated soil samples. Among the isolates, Mucor racemosus, Curvularia lunata, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, Cunninghamella echinulata, Chrysosprium tropicum, Malbrachea flava, Alternarai alternata, verticillium alboatrium and Trichophyton men tagrophytes were recovered from both cultivated and non-cultivated soils. These soils were nearly neutral to weakly alkaline with high content of organic carbon, sulphate, nitrate, calcium and magnesium.
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