, Volume 94, Issue 3, pp 163–172 | Cite as

Keratinolytic and keratinophilic fungi of children's sandpits in the city of Turin

  • V. Filipello Marchisio


Soils rich in keratinic residues constitute a permanent or occasional reservoir for dermatophytes and keratinolytic and keratinophilic fungi, and are a source of potential infection for man and animals.

The keratinolytic and keratinophilic mycoflora of 28 sandpits in Turin was studied to evaluate the risk of fungal skin infections that is run by children as they play in public parks and to lay the ground-work for a next epidemiological study of soil- and animal-inhabiting dermatophytes found in cities, and their impact on human dermatophytoses. Fifty seven species were isolated and a high percentage (52%) showed keratinolytic activity. Species of Microsporum, Trichophyton, Mariannaea, Aphanoascus, Chrysosporium, Malbranchea and Geomyces showed the most active keratinolysis.


keratinolytic and keratinophilic fungi potential pathogen fungi 


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  • V. Filipello Marchisio
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia vegetale dell'UniversitàTorinoItalia

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