In an endeavor to search for some wild isolates of keratinophilic fungi from the Raipur City of Chhattisgarh, 24 soil samples from different regions of the city were collected and screened using hair baiting technique. A total of six species which belong to two genera were isolated. They are Chrysosporium keratinophilum (27.78%), Chrysosporium pannicola (5.56%), Chrysosporium tropicum (13.89%), Chrysosporium sp. (close to Chrysosporium pannicola) (11.11%), Chrysosporium sp. (16.67%) and Microsporum gypseum (25%). The Chrysosporium species prevalent in this region are able to tolerate temperature of about 40°C and all isolates belong to moderate individual risk group.
Key words: Keratinophilic fungi, Raipur, Chrysosporium, Microsporum.
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