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Year : 2017
Tome : 168
Volume : 4-6
Pages : 81-83
Title : Isolation and identification of fungal microbiota from genital tract of ewes
Authors : H. SHOKRI, M. YADOLLAHI
Summary : The purpose of this study was to identify fungal microbiota in different parts of genital tract of ewes. The vagina, cervix, uterine body and uterine horns of 84 ewes was sampled using sterilized cotton swabs. Samples were cultured onto Sabouraud dextrose agar containing chloramphenicol (0.005%) and incubated at 30C for 7-10 days. A total of 324 fungal colonies were determined as a combination of different filamentous fungi (47.2%) and yeasts (52.8%). Fungal isolates belonged to 15 genera including Candida spp. (27.2%; representing significant difference with other fungal species, p<0.05), Trichosporon spp. (16.7%), sterile hyphae (14.2%), Penicillium spp. (8.3%), Geotrichum spp. (7.1%), Alternaria spp. (7.1%), Cladosporium spp. (6.5%), Aspergillus spp. (3.7%), Fusarium spp. (3.4%), Rhodotorula spp. (1.9%), dematiaceous fungi (1.5%), Mucor spp. (1.5%), Rhizopus spp. (0.3%), Trichothecium spp. (0.3%) and Ulocladium spp. (0.3%). Among different Candida species, C. tropicalis and C. krusei were the most common yeast species. The total number of fungi found in the vagina (36.7%) was significantly higher than the results obtained from other parts (p<0.05). The most common fungi isolated from vagina, cervix and uterine horns were associated with Candida spp., while Trichosporon spp. were the most frequent fungi in uterine body. The results showed that Penicillium spp. and Candida spp., particularly C. tropicalis and C. krusei, were the most common components of the genital mycobiota of ewes and the number of fungi varied among different parts of genital system.
Keywords : ewe, genital tract, fungal microbiota, Penicillium, Candida, Candida tropicalis
Correspondence : H. SHOKRI
Adress : Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Amol University of Special Modern Technologies, Amol, Iran. hshokri@ausmt.ac.ir
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