Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 445-450 Jan-Mar 2016

 

SEASONAL AND TEMPORAL VARIATION IN AIRBORNE FUNGAL SPORES IN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS OF TEMPLES IN UJJAIN, INDIA

 

Sharma H., Vyas A. and Vyas H.

1. School of Studies in Microbiology, Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh (INDIA)
2. Department of Botany, Government Kalidas Girls College, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh (INDIA)

 

Received on : October 09, 2015

 

ABSTRACT

 

Aeromicrobiology is the study of sources, dispersion and effects of airborne biological materials like pollen, spores and microorganisms. A significant fraction of bioparticles consists of fungal spores and they are recognized as major bio-pollutants. The infestation of indoor domestic and working environments with microbiological contaminants or other bio-pollutants is a major health problem in a tropical country like India. The exposure to fungal spores in houses, markets, tourist places, occupational environments and other areas is responsible for various health problems like respiratory and allergic disorders. In order to systematically evaluate the relationship between airborne fungi and their adverse health effects, the fungal types and their relative frequencies in both indoor and outdoor air need to be determined. Ujjain is one of the sacred cities of India and it is famous for various holy temples which are visited by numerous devotees throughout the year. Moreover, a large number of people work in temples and earn their livelihood. Very little information is available regarding fungal aeroflora of temples. We have studied the aeromycoflora in the indoor and outdoor environments of some important temples of Ujjain during different times of the day and during different seasons.

 

Keywords : Aeromicrobiology, Bio-pollutants, Temples, Fungal spores, Aeromycoflora

 

 

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