Spores observed on dried and stored mango kernels – without staining

The spores on mango kernels were observed under foldscope and we found Aspergillus species. Aspergillus was first catalogued in 1729 by the Italian priest and biologist Pier Antonio Micheli. Aspergillus sp. are widely distributed in nature, it is isolated from a variety of substrates or environments such as humans, air, soil, plants and decaying organic matter. Aspergillus is one of the most important fungal genera in the food spoilage and animal feeds.

Fig. Fungal contamination on mango kernels observed under foldscope without staining

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