International Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Research
ISSN: 2053-1818
Vol. 5(5), pp. 52-58, June, 2017



Isolation of fungi from the surface water of Vembanadu wetland agroecosystem

Manuel Thomas1,3* and M. Thangavel2

1Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
2Department of Microbiology, Sree Narayana Guru College, K.G. Chavadi Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India PIN 641 105.
3Consortium and Training Academy for Biosciences (CTAB), Manarcadu P. O., Kottayam, Kerala, India PIN 686 019.

*To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: doctorfungus007@gmail.com.

Received 17 March, 2017; Received in revised form 05 May, 2017; Accepted 15 May, 2017.

Abstract


Keywords:
Vembanadu, wetland agroecosystem, Fungi, Surface water, Kerala.

The presence of fungi in water has gained attention in the last decades, and fungi are now treated as water contaminants. However, the relevance of fungi in surface water in wetland agroecosystem is less studied and the present study is an attempt in this line. Twenty-four species of fungi were isolated from the collected 40 water samples from Vembanadu wetland agroecosystem. A preponderance of the Genus Aspergillus (5 species) The period from July-September yielded more CFU followed by April-June, October-December and January-March. On the other hand, the period from April-June, 2014 rendered (13 species) followed by July-September (11 species), January-March (10 species) and October-December (9 species). Thus, fungal contamination in surface water cannot be ignored, as fungal diseases transmitted through water are now being increasingly recorded. Ceaseless and continuous monitoring coupled with awareness programs are needed to curb the public health threat associated with fungi in surface water. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of fungi from Vembanadu wetland agroecosystem, in Kerala, India.

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