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Diversity of Monument Deterioration-Causing Fungi at Gwalior Fort (M.P.) India

A. K. Pandey, Mycological Research Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur- 482001 (M.P.) India
Archana Shrivastav, College of Life Sciences, Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Gwalior (M.P.), India
Preeti Bhatnagar, College of Life Sciences, Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Gwalior (M.P.), India
S. Sarsaiya, Mycological Research Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur- 482001 (M.P.) India
M. K. Awasthi, Mycological Research Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur- 482001 (M.P.) India

Keywords

Biodeterioration, monument, fungi, stone.

Publication Date

7-2-2011

Subject Areas

Cultural Heritage, Conservation, Fungi, Archeology, Monuments, India, Anthropology

Abstract

Fungi are complex communities of microorganisms that damage historic monuments. The present study was made to examine the diversity of fungi associated with deteriorated monuments sites. In the present investigation, 40 stone samples were collected from 15 deteriorating sites of Gwalior Fort. A dilution plate method was used for isolation of fungi. Twenty-three fungal species containing 19 genera isolated from fifteen deteriorated monument sites are reported in this paper. The most frequent isolated fungal species from the historic monument sites are Alternaria sp, A. nidulans, A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. terreus, A. niger, Beauveria sp., Bipolaris sp., Curvularia sp., Cochliobollus sp., Cladosporium sp., Chaetomium sp., Crysosporium sp., Conidiobolus sp., Drechslera sp., Exserohilum sp., Fusarium sp., Penicillium sp., Sepedonium sp., Scopulariopsis sp., Trichothecium sp., Torula sp. and Ulocladium sp. The Bhimsen Chatri, Gujri Mahal and Man Mandir sites contained the maximum number of fungal species followed by Barak, Bawari, Bahu Mandir, Bhim Singh Chatri, Rang Mahal, Karan Mahal, Fansighar, Teli Ka Mandir, Jail, Sas Mandir, Unknown site 1, Unknown site 2 and Vikram Mandir. The diversity of these fungi associated with deteriorated monuments sites provides valuable data for future studies.

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000975

Recommended Citation

Pandey, A. K.; Shrivastav, Archana; Bhatnagar, Preeti; Sarsaiya, S.; and Awasthi, M. K. (2011) "Diversity of Monument Deterioration-Causing Fungi at Gwalior Fort (M.P.) India," Annals of Environmental Science: Vol. 5, Article 5.
Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000975

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