Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 18, Issue 1, 2016; Page No.(211-221)

ENUMERATION OF TERRESTRIAL MYCOBIOTA AND AFLATOXIN IN DRINKING WATER

N. BANU, MALAIKUMAR. B AND PAVITHRA. S

Abstract

Aflatoxins, one of the major mycotoxins have received considerable attention in recent years due to their hepatocarcinogenic nature. In the present study, we have isolated 13 different fungi from sources of drinking water viz., river water, well water, bore water, metro water and can water using 3 different media namely czapex dox agar, malt extract agar, tap water agar. Five isolates of Aspergillus flavus, isolated from the drinking water samples were further screened for its production of aflatoxin by TLC, HPTLC, IR and quantified by HPLC. This ranged from 0.00052 to 0.00075 μg/L.

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