The occurrence of keratinolytic fungi in waste and waste-contaminated
Department of Environmental Microbiology, Institute for the Ecology of
Industrial Areas, Katowice, Poland
The data on the occurrence of keratinolytic fungi in sewage, municipal
solid waste and waste-contaminated habitats are reviewed. In these habitats,
keratinolytic fungi occur with extreme abundance. The factors influencing
qualitative and quantitative compositions of the fungi in the habitats
are discussed. It is concluded that keratinolytic fungi can be the bioindicators
of environmental pollution with waste. The compositions indicate not only
the presence of keratin remnants and faecal contaminants in the environment
but also respond to the changes in environmental conditions. Fungal indices
also indicate the infection risk associated with contamination of the environment
with potential fungal pathogens. The needs for further studies are discussed.
In: Kushwaha RKS, Guarro J (Eds.). Biology
of Dermatophytes and other Keratinophilic Fungi.
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