ISOLATION AND ENUERATION OF MYCOSYBIONTS FROM LEUCOSOLENIA; ALONG THE EAST COAST OF TAMIL NADU, INDIAARUN SASI, MANTHIRI KANI S. JAGADEESH G. C. RAVINDER SINGH & RAVI KUMAR M.
Distribution of fungi in sponges (Leucosolenia) Muthu kuda along the East Coast of Tamil Nadu has been studied in terms of species diversity, seasonal variation with collected water samples, sediments and Leucosolenia sponges at four different sampling stations namely Muyamkulam(S1), K3 Munabu(S2), Pampairmunai(S3), Kannakadu(S4). Along the three different seasons (Winter, Summer, Pre-monsoon) for a period of (Januar), March, April, May, July and August 2007). The result shows the highest diversity (36)in Kannakadu(S4)ancl low in Pampairmunai(S3) in case of water and sediments. But incase of Leucosolenia only 37 fungal species were isolated. Further studies shows that maximum 60fungal species were isolated and enumerated in pre monsoon, but in case of winter and summer shows only58 species and 36 species incase of water and sediments. But in case of Leucosolenia maxium fungal species were isolated and enumerated at pre monsoon 37 fungal species. But incase of winter and summer 30 species and 25 species were isolated and enumerated. From this Aspergillus spp shows maximum number 14 species. Alternarin spp and Clatiosporium spp were present only one species respectively.
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