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Direct Research Journal of Biology and Biotechnology:Vol. 3 (5), pp. 92-96, December 2017
ISSN: 4372-2608

Isolation and identification of fungi associated with drinking water from various sources in Sokoto metropolis
Article Number: DRJA21607925

Original Research Article

1Umar, S., 2Baki, A. S. and *3Bello, A.

1College of Life Science and Technology, Beijing University of chemical technology, Beijing,100029,China.

2Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State, Nigeria.

3Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author E-mail:

date Received: November 4, 2017     date Accepted: December 13, 2017     date Published: December 28, 2017


The study was aimed at isolation and identification of fungi present in drinking water collected a Sokoto metropolis. A total of twenty (20) samples were collected from 4 different areas. Fungi, isolation were identifies using colonial and morphological characteristics. The results obtained indicated that fungal count range from 1.1×104 to 8.0×103cfu/ml. Six (6) species of fungi which include Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, Mucor racemosus, Rhizopus stololnifer, Aspergillus flavus and Talaromyce flavus of fungi, isolated from drinking water indicated that Aspergillus niger with (39.28%) had the highest rate of occurrence followed by Aspergillus aryzae (17.85%), Aspergillus flavus (17.85-%), Mucor racemosus (10.71%), Rhizopus stolonifer (7.14%) and Taloromyce flavus (7.14%) which had the least rate of occurrence. It was observed from this study that all the isolated fungi were potential pathogens that can be deleterious to human health.

Keywords: Isolation, identification, fungi, drinking water, Aspergillus niger