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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Similar results were obtained by Chmel et al.

Thirteen population were recorded on 80 hair samples collected from four governorates. Keratinophilic fungi isolated from soils of Mumbai, India. View at Google Scholar M.

In conclusion, highest fungal diversity 20 species was recorded from Red sea samples followed by Qena 18 and Aswan 17 while the lowest fungal diversity 16 was recorded from Sohage samples. Isolation of dermatophytes and other keratinophilic fungi from soils of musoorie India. Studies on fungi associated with laboratory animal golden hamaster and antibiotic effects of aloe sap, garlic extract and onion oil.

A revision of Chrysosporium and allied genera; p. Form and function in the evolution of dermatophytes. Investigators from several countries have reported on the occurrence of a variety of keratinophilic fungi including dermatophytes in soils of varying habitats. Ann Soc Belge Med Trop.


It was represented by 3 species of which Keratinophiliic. Previously, these species were isolated with different incidences, from students’ nails Abdel-Hafez and El-Sharouny, ; Abdel-Raouf,chicken and pigeon claws Abdel-Hafez, Keratinophilic fungi play an important role in the natural degradation of keratinized residues in the soil [ 2425 ].

Information on the prevalence of keratinophilic fungi in the West Indies is scanty and keratinophhilic to only a few reports, one each from Abaco Island in Bahamas 22Cuba 16and St. So, fungal infections could acquire or spread through playgrounds in parks.


Microscopically numerous, thin, rough-walled, and relatively longish and bullet shaped macroconidia Fig. From the soil samples, a total of colonies of keratinophilic fungi were isolated from 43 parks.

Thirty of the 40 samples were positive for keratinophilic fungi with mixed growth in six of the samples, thus yielding a total of 36 isolates. Gugnani1 Soni Sharma2 and Kharl Wright 3. In this study, molecular method was utilized for identification of keratinophilic fungi for the first time in Iran.

Small quantities of sterile distilled water mL were poured on the hair-baited plates. The occurrence of keratinophilic fungi in Texas soil. Scedosporium apiospermum is a common soil fungus with a worldwide distribution.


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

Isolation of dermatophytes and other keratinophilic fungi from soils of mysore India. Muhammed SI, Lalji N.

Atlas of medical mycology. Keratinophilic fungi from chilka lakeside soil orissa India. There have been only a few studies on the geophilic keratinophilic fungi from the Caribbean region.

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

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 3715 Most of the fungi were isolated from the soils with the PH fujgi of 7 to 8.

National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Articles from Mycobiology are provided here courtesy of Korean Society of Mycology. Open in a separate window.

Most of the fungi were isolated from the soil samples with pH between 7 and 8 In this descriptive study, soil samples were collected from various sites of 43 different parks around Shiraz during spring Invasive infections in normal patients are usually caused by traumatic implantation.