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FIFTH PUBLICATION, JANUARY 2017. THE Bioscientist. vol.5

The Bioscientist: Vol. 5(1): 20-31, January 2017
Available online at http://www.bioscientistjournal.com
Nwokeoma et al., 2017 Page 20

KERATINOPHILIC FUNGI ASSOCIATED WITH SOILS FROM SELECTED
VILLAGES IN UGWUNYEAND OJEBOGENE TOWNS, ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA
AND THEIR DISEASE IMPLICATIONS.

*¹Nwokeoma C. I. ; 2Tasie F.O.; ¹ Akinyele, H. A. ; and ¹Osanyinlusi, S.A

¹1Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state. ²1Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti state

*Corresponding Author’s Email: adevic16@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT (Download PDF)


Keratinophilic fungi are a group of diminutive distinct yet significant fungi that grow and live on
different keratinous substances and can be isolated from soil. Fifty-nine (59) fungi were isolated
from soils of markets, schools and farmlands of different communities in Ugwunye and
Ojebogene towns in Enugu state, by hair baiting technique. The pH and moisture contents of the
soils ranged from 4.88 to 6.90 and 0.3% to21.0% respectively. The 59 fungal isolates were
fromeight (8) different genera: Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Coccidioides, Fusarium,
Microsporum, Piedraia, Scopulariopsis and Trichophyton. This study exposes the presence and
kinds of keratinophilic fungi present in these soils. It also shows the disease potential of these
fungi for persons who may be exposed to them.


Keywords: keratinophilic fungi, soil, market, school, farmland

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