International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 3 (2013) pp. 44 48
Study of Fungal Spores Diversity, in Malebenur Region of Karnataka, India
S. Thirumala*, M.Pradeep Nathu
*Department of Environmental Science Govt. First Grade College,
Davanagere 577004, Karnataka, India.
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A diversity of atmospheric fungal spores was carried out at Malebenur region, situated in the Davangere district part of Karnataka (India). The study site represents a rural and semi-urban area. The incidence of the fungal spores in the air was studied by the simultaneous exposure of petri dishes plates containing potato dextrose agar media for 15 min per week for 6 months at the height of 6 meters (January 2012 to June 2012). The exposed sample is incubated at 26ÂșC for 7 days. The slides exhibited a preponderance of spores of Alternaria, (18.2%) Cladosporium(4.0%), Curvularia,(4.5%) Fusarium, (3.2%) Aspergillus fumigatous (29.9%)Penicillium,(26.7%) Mucor, (3.2%) Rhizopus (7.5%). Species of Alternaria, Aspergillus, Fusarium, and Penicillium showed excellent fungal growth on the exposed culture media containing petriplates. Several other types of spores were also found in comparatively low numbers. The monthly variation of these air-borne fungal were studied qualitatively and quantitatively.
Fungal diversity; Airborne fungi; Spores; Malebenur region.