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Influence of temperature on the growth of some keratinophilic fungi

Namita Kumaria* & Surendra Kr. Prasada
aDepartment of Botany, Magadh Mahila College, Patna University, Patna, Bihar, India

Received 15February, 2012; Revised 25th March, 2012

Abstract : Some Keratinophilic fungi which are potentially pathogenic to human beings and animals causing so many skin diseases. These fungi are also known as dermatophytes. Keratinophilic fungi are present in all the localities of Patna in every soil sample collected during investigation. These fungi are soil dwellers. Geography and prevailing climatic conditions of a particular region greatly influence the distribution of not to human beings, animals and plants only but to micro organisms also. The growth of dermatophytes is also influenced by climatic factors. Temperature is one of the important factor for their growth. The growth behavior of such fungi on various range of temperature is also very important with respect to the survival of dermatophytes, severity of skin diseases caused by them and epidemiology. Growth behavior of some keratinophilic fungi as Microsporum canis and Histoplasma capsulatum  had been investigated on different temperature- 20ºC, 25ºC, 30ºC, 35ºC and 40ºC.

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