Volume No. 9 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 577-584 January-March 2015

 

BIOCHEMICAL STUDY OF BACTERIAL STRAINS ISOLATED FROM SNAIL GUT COLLECTED FROM RAUZA BAGH, MAULANA AZAD COLLEGE, AURANGABAD, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

 

Mahejabin N. Sayyad*1 and Tarannum T. Shaikh2

1. Department of Microbiology, Maulana Azad College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra (INDIA) 2. Department of Zoology, Maulana Azad College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : September 10, 2014

 

ABSTRACT

 

The invasive land Snail is the most damaging agricultural pest worldwide, representing a potential serious threat to natural ecosystems and human health. The microbial communities in the intestinal tract of the animals are often important for digestion, especially of cellulose containing plant matter. Knowledge of these communities is critical for understanding of the physiology of the host and complex interactions among the host and its symbiont. In present study prevalence and taxonomic position of snails are furnished. Study is also focussed on biochemical activity of 18 unidentified cultures isolated from Snail gut. Most of the cultures belong to gram negative, aerobic and facultative anaerobes, able to ferment carbohydrates with and without production of gas. Cultures are also tested for enzyme production and shows positive results for amylase, catalase, oxidase, protease, gelatinase, etc. Present study helps to understand compexisity of bacterial community in snail gut and their role in digestion of cellulose, pectin, lignin, containing plant constituents. Based on biochemical study, it is easy to understand animal-microbe interaction.

 

Keywords : Snail gut, Microbial community, Biochemical tests, Enzyme activity, Fermentation

 

 

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