PSEUDALLESCHERIA BOYDII IN WILD RODENTS IN KERALA, INDIAMANUEL THOMAS, ROGIMON P. THOMAS AND M. THANGAVEL
During mycological examination of wild rats in Kerala, P. boydii was isolated from lungs of two species of rats viz water rats (Rattus norvegicus) and larger bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica). The lung samples were inoculated into Sabouraud Dextrose Agar (SDA) with antibiotics and incubated at room temperature. The developed colonies were further subcultured on to SDA, Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) and Cornmeal Agar (CMA). Typical white colonies which later becomes dark gray to smoky brown with ruptured cleisthothecium the hallmark of P. boydii was observed. Among the tested rodent species, 15% of Rattus norvegicus specimens and 10% of Bandicota indica were found positive for P. boydii.
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