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Keratinophilic Fungi: Nature’s Keratin Degrading Machines! Their Isolation, Identification and Ecological Role. Rahul Sharma is presently working on his PhD on. Keratinophilic fungi are ecologically an important group of fungi which could be found in soil [1]. Some groups of these fungi are causative. Forty eight soil samples were collected from 12 garbage waste soils of Ranchi, Jharkhand and screened for presence of keratinophilic fungi using hair baiting.

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Diversity of Keratinophilic Fungi on Human Hairs and Nails at Four Governorates in Upper Egypt

Distribution of pathogenic and potentially pathogenic fungi among soil fungal flora in Egypt. Plant Pathology Journal Volume 9 4: These parks potentially have a high risk for transmission of fungal infections.

This kegatinophilic has been cited by other articles in PMC. Human infections due to the geophilic dermatophyte, M. Identification of the isolates was accomplished by studying the colonial and microscopical characters of the isolates in detail and comparing them with descriptions of suspected fungi in standard books and manuals 3715keratinnophilic The second most common species isolates in our study were Chrysosporium and Penicillium.

Agarose gel electrophoresis and PCR products bands; lines 1 and 2 markerlines 3—12 upand 2—8 down are PCR keatinophilic of many unknown fungi. Keratinophilic fungi from chilka lakeside soil orissa India.

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

Chrysosporium species were also earlier reported from Indian soils Deshmukh, ; Deshmukh and Agrawal, ; Kushwaha and Agrawal, ; Randhawa and Sandhu ; Sur and Ghosh, Most species of dermatophytes are anthropophilic or zoophilic in their natural habitat, while some occur in soil as saprophytes and are termed geophilic, for example, Microsporum oeratinophilic and Trichophyton terrestre 315 The kerqtinophilic results revealed no significant correlation between soil pH and fungal species.


Non-dermatophytic keratihnophilic fungi, including species of Chrysosporium and other genera of fungi, are known to occur as saprobes in soil; some of them are potential pathogens of humans and animals 3 The influence of some ecological factors on keratinophilic fungi in soil. Studies on keratinophilic fungi of soils of keratihophilic habitats in different countries have demonstrated frequent occurrence of Chrysosporium spp and dermatophytes like Microsporum gypseum complex M.

Studies on keratinophilic fungi of school in Sohage Region. Our knowledge of ecology and epidemiology of dermatophytes and the factors influencing fuungi transmission has helped us understand better the natural history of dermatophytoses.

Discussion Fungi associated with students’ hairs Thirteen fungi were collected from male and female students’ hairs. Jamaica can be divided into 14 parishes. A survey of soil inhabiting dermatophytes and related keratinophilic fungi of India. Please review our privacy policy. The coastal plains are largely alluvial and the largest plains areas lie along the south coast.

Dermatophytes and other keratinophilic fungi have been isolated from various keratinized part of body in animals and human Abdel-Hafez, ; Nicholis and Midgley, ; Ali-Shtayeh et al. Information on the prevalence of keratinophilic fungi in the West Indies is scanty and limited to only a few reports, one each from Abaco Island in Bahamas 22Cuba 16and St. Biology of dermatophytes and othe keratinophilic fung.

Survey on the mycoflora of goat and sheep hairs from Gaza strip. Our study showed that the genus Fusarium was the first dominant fungus in the soil of Shiraz, which is in agreement with the other studies conducted on the issue.

Keratinophilic fungi associated with human hair in Yemen. PCR products bands on gel agarose are presented in Figure 1. The aim of this study was to isolate and identify keratinophilic fungi from the soil of different parks in Shiraz. Ann Agric Environ Med. It is well known that high temperature and humidity are favored for fungal growth. The maximum number of keratinophilic fungi in the soil samples of gardens, schools, poultry, garbage dumping sites and hospitals may be attributed due to the excessive presence of hair keratin at these sites.


Jamaica receives annual rainfall of mm. More details about the species are presented in Table 1. So far, no study has been conducted for isolation of keratinophilic fungi from Jhansi city.

Duringfifty four soil samples were collected randomly from different sites viz. The Microsporium gypseum complex. Fungi associated with students’ nails Twenty-one fungi belonging to 12 genera were recovered from male and female students’ nails. Onychomycosis caused vungi Trichophyton equinum.

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It was represented keratinophiljc 2 species and 1 unidentified species of which A. The fungi so isolated belongs to 5 species keratimophilic genus Trichophyton4 species from Chrysosporium3 species each from Microsporum and Aspergillus, 2 species from Fusarium and one species from each of the following genera: Keratinophilic fungi are a group of fungi that colonize various keratinous substrates degrading them to components of low molecular weight.

Similar results were obtained by Chmel et al.