International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7692 Volume 1 Number 1 (2012) pp.63–65

A study on distribution of fungi in sea foams in estuarine ecosystem

1M.Ravikumar* and  2T. Sivakumar

1Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Govt. Arts College for Men,
Nandhanam, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

2Department of Microbiology, Kanchi shri Krishna College of Arts & Science
Kilambi, Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu, India- 631 551.
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The present study was carried out in Muthupet habitat along the east coast of Tamil Nadu. The sea foams were collected and fungal species isolated by plating and direct observation techniques. Totally 64 species of fungi were isolated of which 48 by plating and 29 by direct observation techniques. The marine fungi like Halosphaeira maririma, Didymosphaeria maritima, Varicosporina ramulosa  and Pleospoara aquatica were also isolated. Aspergillus was the common genus followed by Drechslera, Alternaria and Curvularia.

Keywords : Mangroves; marine and marine fungi; direct and dilution technique; direct observation