, Volume 158, Issue 3, pp 303–309 | Cite as

Keratinophilic fungi of poultry farm and feather dumping soil in Tamil Nadu, India

  • Periasamy Anbu
  • A. Hilda
  • Subash Chandra Bose Gopinath


Soils of 10 poultry farms from Namakkal and 12 feather dumping sites from Chennai were studied for the presence of keratinophilic fungi. A total of 34 species belonging to 19 genera and one non-sporulating fungus were recovered. Sixteen species of fungi and one non-sporulating fungi were common to both sites, eight species were specific to Namakkal and nine species were specific to Chennai. Dermatophytes and closely related fungi were represented by six species belonging to five genera. Fungal species commonly found in the soil samples included Chrysosporium keratinophilum (73%), Trichophyton mentagrophytes (68.2%), Microsporum gypseum (64%), Myceliopthora vellerea (32%), Chrysosporium state of Arthroderma tuberculatum (27.3%) and Geomyces pannorum (23%). Non-dermatophyte fungi were represented by 28 species belonging to 14 genera and one non-sporulating fungus.


dermatophyte India keratin keratinophilic fungi poultry farm soil fungi 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Periasamy Anbu
    • 1
  • A. Hilda
    • 1
  • Subash Chandra Bose Gopinath
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Studies in BotanyUniversity of MadrasChennaiIndia

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