Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Seasonal variation of leaf surface mycoflora of some ornamental plants from Shendra Midc Area, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Author(s): Satpute SB, Dhotre ST, Vanmare DJ
Abstract: The present investigation was carried out during the months October 2015 to September 2016 to observe the leaf surface mycoflora of ornamental plants from Shendra MIDC area, Aurangabad (MS). Leaf surface mycoflora were studied season wise that is winter, summer and rainy. Three plants were selected viz. Hibiscus rosa-sinesis L., Acalypha wilkesiana-kona Gold and Caesalpinia pulcherima (red). Leaf samples were collected in different seasons and mycoflora were isolated and pure cultures were maintained on Potato dextrose agar. Identification of mycoflora was done by morphological characters and microscopic observations. During this investigation 18 fungal species were recorded. Average percentage frequency of A. niger were higher in all three plants and lower average percentage frequency were observed in R. bataticola from Hibiscus rosa-sinesis L., Trichoderma from Acalypha wilkesiana-kona Gold and R. macrophomina from Caesalpinia pulcherima (red). Higest mycoflora were recorded during rainy season followed by winter and summer seasons in decreasing order.