Ecological study of soil fungi of an agricultural field in Allahabad

  • Brij Rani Mehrotra
  • R. K. Kakkar


The soil fungi from an agricultural field in Allahabad where sugarcane is being grown for many years, have been isolated from various depths during different seasons and were identified. The inter-relations of chemical composition of soil and distribution of fungi is also being shown here.

The techniques for the isolation and the study of the fungus flora was that ofGoddard modified bySaksena &Mehrotra. Soil samples were examined from 1″–6″ depths in three seasons of the year and were mechanically and chemically analysed.

For the isolation, soil dilution plate method, a modification ofMenzies' method, direct method ofWaksman, Rossi Cholodny Burried slide technique, and screened immersion plate method, were followed Fifty five different species of microfungi belonging to Phycomycetes, Ascomycetes and Fungi — Imperfecti were isolated and identified. The moisture contents, hydrogen-ion concentrations, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron, etc., of the soil samples from 1–6 inches depths, were also studied.

Out of these 12 species covering 9 genera belonged to the Phycomycetes, nine genera of Ascomycetes and nine genera of Fungi Imperfecti were recorded.P. multicolorGrigorieva-Monoilova &Poradielova, andP. roquefortiThom.,Gliocladium vermoesoni (Biourge)Thom. andMasoniella grisea (Smith)Smith were recorded for the first time from Indian Soil. A new varietyChaetominum nigricolorAmes var.simplex was also isolated.


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  • Brij Rani Mehrotra
    • 1
  • R. K. Kakkar
  1. 1.Allahabad-3India

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