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Occurrence of Keratinophilic Fungi from Soils of Ujjain (Holy City)

Author Affiliations

  • 1School of Studies in Microbiology, Vikram University, Ujjain 456010, MP, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 3, Issue (10), Pages 28-31, October,10 (2014)


Soil is well-known as a route to fungal infection in human. Recently, human exposure to potentially pathogenic fungi is threatening the health of people. Keratinophilic fungi in the soil are diverse group that depend on different factors, such as vertebrates and human activity. These fungi plays vital task in decomposing keratinous debris of man and animals in nature. In order to study the prevalence of keratinophilic fungi present in soil of Ujjain (holy city), 128 soil samples were collected. These samples were screened using hair baiting techniques for isolation. Out of total 128 samples, 112 (87.50%) were positive for growth of keratinophilic fungi. Present results show the occurrence of keratinophilic fungi in soils of different sites in Ujjain and may have a significant role in keratin degradation in the environment.


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