Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.15, Issue 03, 2009; Page No.(667-671)

INCIDENCE OF CULTURABLE MOLDS IN THE DWELLINGS OF ALLERGY PATIENTS

P.B. ChoIke and M.C. Mahajan

Abstract

The indoor air monitoring in 2005-06 was carried out at the dwellings of eight allergic individuals from four different sites of Pimpari, Chinchwad. Petriplates containing P.D.A were exposed in order to know the concentration of culturable aeroallergens. It was found that maximum volume of colonies was encountered at residence of patients from vegetable market nearby slum area considered as site A. However least occurrence of colonies was recorded at the dwelling of patient number 07 and 08 residing at village area, considered as a hypothetical control site D. It was found that colonies of pathogenic fungi like Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Alternaria, Curvularia, Nigrospora, Pcnicdhum, Helminthosporium and. Fusarium etc were found dominant at the awellings of allergy patients throughout the period of investigation. The other pathogenic genera recorded were of Phoma and Epicoccum with moderate number of colonies.

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