Isolation, Characterization and Identification of Selected Microorganisms from Wildlife Geophagic Soil: A Probe of Pros and Cons

Authors

  • Rilwan O Adewale Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 0012 Ayetoro Campus, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Oluwatosin T Onasanya Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 0012 Ayetoro Campus, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Oladele A Oguntade Department of Crop Production, College of Agricultural Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University P.M.B. 0012, Ayetoro Campus, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Babajide R Odebiyi Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 0012 Ayetoro Campus, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Oluseun A Akinsorotan Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management, Osun State University, Oshogbo, Nigeria
  • Kola S Olorunisola Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
  • Shakiru O Sule Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 0012 Ayetoro Campus, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Olusesi A Oso Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 0012 Ayetoro Campus, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/dujps.v21i1.60396

Keywords:

Geophagy, medicinal, microbiological, termite mounds, human-wildlife

Abstract

The search for novel antibiotics for treating human-wildlife infections has not stopped. This study isolated and characterized bacteria and fungi from wildlife geophagic termite mounds (TMs) using standard microbiological procedure. Four composite samples of TMs evident to be eaten by wildlife were randomly collected (TM1, TM2, TM3 and TM4) in addition with a composite forest soil (FS5) that showed no sign of consumption. With the use of appropriate media, all samples were subjected to microbiological analysis covering morphological, biochemical (for bacteria), colonial and cellular morphology (for fungi). Bacteria and fungi cells isolated and characterized from respective soil samples include; Streptomyces lydicus/Aspegillus niger (TM1), Paenibacillus polymyxa/Penicillium digitatum (TM2), Pseudomonas fluorescens/Fusarium spp. (TM3), Bacillus subtilis/Aspergillus flavus (TM4) and Acinetobacter radioresistens/Geotricihum candidum (FS5), all of which have both beneficial and harmful characteristics. Wildlife may be affected by pathogenic organisms when consuming TMs for medicinal reasons.

Dhaka Univ. J. Pharm. Sci. 21(1): 53-58, 2022 (June)

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2022-06-26

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Adewale, R. O., Onasanya, O. T., Oguntade, O. A., Odebiyi, B. R., Akinsorotan, O. A., Olorunisola, K. S., Sule, S. O., & Oso, O. A. (2022). Isolation, Characterization and Identification of Selected Microorganisms from Wildlife Geophagic Soil: A Probe of Pros and Cons. Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 21(1), 53–58. https://doi.org/10.3329/dujps.v21i1.60396

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