The Amurum forest reserve is an area of about 300 hectares that is protected because it houses important bird species. This study was carried out to investigate the fungal diversity in soil samples collected from three Habitat types present in Amurum Forest Reserve. The fungi were isolated using soil plate method, subcultured to obtain pure cultures and maintained on PDA slants. On the basis of cultural and microscopic characteristics, ten isolated fungi were identified as Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus ustus, Cladosporium herbarum, Rhizopus stolonifer, Penicillium chrysogenum, Penicillium sp, Thermomyces lanuginosus,and Trichoderma harzianum. There were different fungal species present in the Amurum forest reserve with Aspergillus being the most dominant genera and Ascomycetes being the most dominant fungal class. This study could serve as a preliminary to further studies on the soil microflora of Amurum forest reserve. The information made available from this study could also suggests informed strategies for sustainable forest management as it is the first report on the diversity of soil fungi in Amurum forest reserve.
Keywords: Soil, fungi, diversity, Amurum forest reserve