Ninety six samples of water collected from Dal Lake, Kashmir at eight different sites for a period of one year from April 2010 to March 2011 were tested for the presence ofPenicillium species. Five different species of the said genus were isolated from the samples by serial dilution technique. Out of total 122 fungal colonies isolated, five species of Penicillium viz, Penicillium olivicolor, Penicillium commune, Penicillium chrysogenum,Penicillium funiculosum and Penicillium dimorphosporum were obtained. Among the isolated species P. funiculosum was the most abundant (28.7%) followed by P. chrysogenum (27.04%), P. dimorphosporum (23.77%), P. olivicolor (16.40%) and P. commune (4.09%). Maximum percentage of fungal colonies (27.7%) was observed at site PKB followed by TBN (21.13%), DLG and GB (13.15%) each, NL (8.45%), BHN (7.04%), HB (5.63%) and BD (3.76%).
Key words: Macroscopic, microscopic, Dal Lake, serial dilution, water, Penicillium.
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