A Consortium of Beneficial Fungi Survive the Fire Operations Under Shifting Cultivation in Northeast Himalaya, India

Rahul Jain, Deepak Chaudhary, Kusum Dhakar, Anita Pandey

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Abstract

The present study reports the identification and characterization of 30 fungal strains, isolated from the soil samples collected from the fired plots under shifting cultivation in Northeast Himalaya, India. The fungal survivors mainly belonged to the genera Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Paecilomyces, Penicillium and Trichoderma. One of the remarkable traits of these fungi was their ability to grow at wide temperature and pH range. Further, these species demonstrated their beneficial activities related to soil and plant health, such as ligninolytic activity, phosphate solubilization and several properties with respect to biocontrol including production of lytic enzymes, volatile and diffusible antimicrobials, and ammonia. Survival of these beneficial fungal species is an indicative of one of the merits associated to the prescribed fire operations under shifting cultivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-346
Number of pages4
JournalNational Academy Science Letters
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fire
  • Fungi
  • Shifting cultivation
  • Soil and plant health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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