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Incidence of keratinophilic fungi in the soil of primary schools and public parks of Madras city, India

  • V.M. Ramesh
  • A. Hilda


The pattern of incidence of keratinophilic fungi inhabiting the soil of 30 primary schools and 15 public parks in the city of Madras was studied using hair baiting technique. A total number of 31 species belonging to 15 genera were recovered, 16 of which were common to both the school and public park soil. Dermatophytes and closely related species were represented by 9 species, of which the following were the most commonly found species in soil: Chrysosporium tropicum (62.2%), C. keratinophilum (48.8%), M. gypseum (48.8%), C. pannorum (40%), T. mentagrophytes (37.7%), T. terrestre (31.1%) and C. anam. A. cuniculi (24.4%). The fungi encountered have also been discussed in relation to their global distribution.

biodegradation dermatophytes dermatophytoses keratinophilic fungi 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V.M. Ramesh
    • 1
  • A. Hilda
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Studies in BotanyUniversity of Madras, Guindy CampusMadrasIndia

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