Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 20, Dec. Suppl. No.2, 2018; Page No.(239-246)

STUDY ON MICROORGANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH MARINE SPONGES ALONG THE GULF OF MANNAR

M. SHARMAL KUMAR, M. RAVIKUMAR, N. ARUNAGIRINATHAN, K.P. GIRIVASAN1,M. BASKAR, G. SIVALEELA AND A. ELUMALAI

Abstract

Marine sponges were collected from Gulf of Mannar region and screened for the association of bacteria and fungi. In this study, 16 fungal species and 10 bacterial species were isolated. Among the fungal genera, Aspergillus dominated the assemblage with 7 species. Further, while comparing the group Hyphomycetes dominated the assemblage followed by ascomycete, zygomycetes, yeast form and sterile forms. Six species of Gram negative bacilli, two species Gram positive bacilli and one species of Gram positive cocci were also isolated.

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