, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 225-231

Isolation and identification of indoor airborne fungal contaminants of food production facilities and warehouses in Bursa, Turkey

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Abstract

In this study, we aimed at the isolation and identification of indoor airborne fungal contaminants of 16 different food production facilities and warehouses located in Bursa province (Turkey). Numbers and kinds of microfungi were investigated by exposing a Petri dish of malt extract agar medium for 15 minutes and then counting the number of colonies which develop. Sampling procedure for microfungi was performed 8 times at an interval of 45 days between Dec. 1st 1995--Oct. 15th 1996. A total of 3152 colonies was counted on 864 petri plates in a one year period. As a result, 63 mould species and 4 varieties belonging to 20 genera were isolated by means of pure culture methods. Of these, 7 species and 1 variety belonging to Aspergillus and Penicillium genera are new records for Turkey.