African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5210

Full Length Research Paper

Identification of some Penicillium species by traditional approach of morphological observation and culture

Suhaib A. Bandh1*, Azra N. Kamili1 and Bashir A. Ganai2
  1Microbiology and Pathology Laboratory, Centre of Research for Development and Department of Environmental Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar-190006, India. 2Department of Biochemistry, University of Kashmir, Srinagar-190006, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 September 2011
  •  Published: 09 October 2011



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 olivicolorPenicillium 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.