Acta Scientific Microbiology (ISSN: 2581-3226)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 1

Fungal Flora Associated with Petroleum-Impacted Farmland in Borobara Community, Ogoni-Land, Niger Delta Area of Nigeria

Chinedu Christian Iheanacho1*, Ikenna Light Nkwocha2 and Tega Lilian Ataikiru3

1Department of Microbiology, Federal University Wukari, Wukari City, Taraba State, Nigeria
2Department of Microbiology, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria
3Microbiology of Environmental Science, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Efurun, Delta State, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Chinedu Christian Iheanacho, Department of Microbiology, Federal University Wukari, Wukari City, Taraba State, Nigeria.

Received: November 14, 2023; Published: December 04, 2023


Indigenous fungal species of hydrocarbon-impacted soil were isolated and characterized using standard techniques. Soil samples were collected from Borobara community, Tai L.G.A, Rivers State, an oil exploration zone of Nigeria’s Niger Delta and transported to the laboratory for analyses. Nine (9) fungal isolates were screened for hydrocarbon biodegradation potentials in a shake-flask culture incorporated with 1% crude oil (hydrocarbon) and redox reagent (2% 2,6-dichlorophenol indophenols) for 14 days. Eight fungal isolates showed potentials for hydrocarbon degradation employing colour change, optical density and total hydrocarbon content (THC) depletion as monitoring parameters for 14 days. Five of the isolates exhibited the fastest onset and highest extent of biodegradation and were identified as: Aspergillus sp., Yarrowia sp. (1), Yarrowia sp. (2), Zygorrhinchus sp. (1) and Zygorrhinchus sp. (2). In this study, it was observed that the highest THC biodegradation efficiency was exhibited by Yarrowia sp. (1) and Zygorrhinchus sp. (2). This indicated that these fungal species are efficient hydrocarbon degraders. Thus, they can be considered in strain development programme for bioremediation of hydrocarbon-polluted farmlands (soil).

Keywords: Hydrocarbon; Fungal Isolates; Borobara Community; Niger Delta


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Citation: Chinedu Christian Iheanacho., et al. “Fungal Flora Associated with Petroleum-Impacted Farmland in Borobara Community, Ogoni-Land, Niger Delta Area of Nigeria". Acta Scientific Microbiology 7.1 (2024): 08-15.


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