Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
Antifungal activity of skin mucus of three cultivable fish species (Catla-catla, cirrhinus mrigala and anguilla-anguilla)
Author(s): MR Pethkar, MV Lokhande
Abstract: Fish are a diverse group of animals, highly specialized for their aquatic existence and comprising almost half the number of vertebrate species in existence today. Fish are in intimate contact with their environment, which can contain very high concentrations of bacteria and viruses. Mucus is a protective secretion of the epidermal membranes that cover the surface of fish as the first line of defense against invading pathogens using this approach present work explore for antifungal activity. In present research, fish Mucus were collected by a modified Subramanian method. These collected samples were preserve in deep freezer at -800C to avoid bacterial growth and degradation and used for further study. Then mucus of three fishes C. catla ,Anguilla-Anguilla and cirrhanus mrigla were screened for the antifungal activity, allthe three fishes mucus sample exhibit antifungal activity against phytopathogenic fungi like Aspergillus awamori and Colletotrichum falcatum. In future fish mucus may be exploited as biocontrolling agent (BCA) for fungal diseases.
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