SHORT COMMUNICATIONS: ASPERGILLUS FUMIGATUS AND SPORORMIA MINIMA ISOLATED FROM THE RUMEN OF SHEEP,
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA) ATLANTIC REGIONAL LAB
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The colonization of the rumen by microfungi has important implications in the growth and health of ruminants. In northern Nova Scotia the growth rate of sheep in summer and autumn is extremely slow and whilst investigating this problem from a microbiological point of view we have observed the presence of fungi among the rumen flora. Since this appears to be of biochemical, microbiological and agricultural interest, preliminary results are reported. The colonies that grew anaerobically at 39 degrees could not be identified, as only vegetative growth was observed. When they were transferred to malt agar, in air at 25 degrees, growth occurred in all cases and Aspergillus fumigatus Fres. was identified. Sporormia minima Auersw. was identified by further subcultivation on Leonians medium enriched with 0.3wv yeast extract. Several species remain to be identified. Hence the fungi isolated anaerobically were all facultative anaerobes and differed from the organism originally observed.
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine