Distribution and diversity of Microfungi in Cooum River bank soils, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Simla N, Elumalai A, Girivasan KP, Mani U
The soil samples from five sites along the banks of Cooum River flowing through Chennai district of Tamil Nadu was screened for the presence of fungi of Microfungi. Soil dilution plating method was used to isolate fungi. A total of 31 species belonging to 22genera could be recovered from the soil samples studied. Soil samples of the site, Egmore showed high species diversity whereas low species diversity was recorded in soils of the site, Napier Bridge. Some of the fungal species isolated during the study are Apergillus niger, Aspergillus terreus, Aspergills candidus, Penicillium spp., Curvularia lunata and Humicola griseus. The percentage of Aspergilli was found more than 50% in three sites. Computation of Correspondence analysis revealed the presence of distinct microfungal assemblage in sampling sites.