Vaswati Nandy, Madhurima Bakshi, Somdeep Ghosh, Harish Sharma, Barnali Ray Basu, Punarbasu Chaudhuri, Potentiality Assessment of Fish Scale Biodegradation Using Mangrove Fungi Isolated from Indian Sundarban, Volume 14, International Letters of Natural Sciences (Volume 14)
    The mangrove fungi, morphologically and physiologically adapted in a different habitat, were isolated from mangrove habitat of Jharkhali, Sundarban, India. The physico-chemical properties like temperature, pH, soil colour, moisture content, carbon and nitrogen content of soil determines the load of microbial population. The soil sample was serially diluted and plated on potato dextrose agar plate with ampicillin to obtain fungal isolates. Total of six isolates were characterized microscopically by lacto phenol cotton blue staining. Two of them were identified as Aspergillus niger and Penicillium sp. and are subjected to biodegradation of fish scale, the major waste of fish processing industries. Aspergillus niger was found to be the best for degradation of fish scale powder by producing zone of clearance. Moreover, media without fish scale didn’t show any zone of clearance indicates the mangrove fungi are capable of degrading the fish scale component
    Biodegradation, Fish Scale, Fungi, Mangrove