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Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology, 2394-1081,Vol.: 10, Issue.: 4


Isolation of Indigenous Brown Rot Fungi from Rotten Wood from Selected Areas of Pakistan


Raja Tahir Mahmood1*, Muhammad Javaid Asad2, Muhammad Asgher3, Muhammad Gulfraz4, Dawood Ahmed5, Pervez Anwar6 and Nasib Zaman7

1Department of Biotechnology, Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur-10250, AJK, Pakistan.

2Department of Biochemistry, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

3Department of Biochemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

4Department of Chemistry, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan.

5Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, University of Haripur, KPK, Pakistan.

6Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gujrat, Sailkot Campus, Pakistan.

7Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Swat, KPK, Pakistan.

Article Information
(1) James W. Lee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Old Dominion University, USA.
(1) Anonymous, Botanical Institute, Brasil.
(2) Asemoloye Michael Dare, Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
(3) Aline Elesbão do Nascimento, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Brazil.
(4) Mohamed M .Y . Deabes, Food Toxicology and Contaminants Dept., National Research Centre, Egypt.
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Aims: Wood decaying fungi are very good candidate for industrial processes like; enzymes productions, dyes biodegradation and wastewater decolorization. Many studies have been conducted to explore their potential for successful industrialization. There is still need to isolate more and more new species so that these can be used for beneficial processes.

Methodology: The current study was conducted to collect Brown Rot Fungi (BRF) species from rotten wood and their morphological identification. The collection was made from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Murree areas of Pakistan. Collected fungi species were cultured on Malt Extract Agar media at pH 5.5 and pure culture plates were submitted in Mycology Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Pakistan for morphological identification by mycologist.

Results: More than 20 species were collected, out of these 05 were cultured on Malt Extract Agar media and identified on morphological basis. Two of these are common brown rot fungi belong to basidomycota and three are un-common brown rot fungi belong to ascomycota.

Conclusion: Rotten wood is a very good source of brown rot fungi. Isolated BRF species can be used to explore their potential of biodegradation of textile dyes.

Keywords :

Wood decaying; brown rot fungi; wastewater; decolorization; malt extract agar.

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DOI : 10.9734/JABB/2016/29724

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