Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 8, Issue 3, 2006; Page No.(521-526)

SOIL MICROBIAL POPULATION NUMBERS IN SACRED GROVE FOREST OF MEGHALAYA, NORTHEAST INDIA

H. KAYANG

Abstract

Microbial population numbers were estimated at two different soil depths in Mawphlang sacred grove forest of Meghalaya. In general, the number of fungi and bacteria were higher in the surface layer (0-10 cm) than in the deep layer of soil (10-20 cm). A total number of 48 and 18 species of fungi were isolated from soil depths of surface and deep layer respectively. Eighteen species of fungi isolated were distributed to all depths. Aspergillus clavatus, A. flavus, A. niger, Cladosporium herb arum, Fusarium moniliforme, Penicillium funiculosum, Trichoderma harzianum, T. viride and white sterile species were the dominant fungi in both the soil depths.

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