Macro-fungal diversity in the Kilum-Ijim forest, Cameroon

NA Teke
2017 Studies in Fungi  
Fungi are one of the most species-rich and diverse groups of organisms on Earth, with forests ecosystems being the main habitats for macro-fungi. The Kilum-Ijim forest in Cameroon is a community forest populated by several species of plant and animal life forms; although macro-fungi are exploited for food and medicine, their diversity has not been documented in this ecosystem. Since anthropogenic impact on this forest may cause decline of macro-fungal diversity or extinction of known and
more » ... of known and previously undiscovered species, it is imperative to generate a checklist of the existing macro-fungi for use in the implementation of sustainable conservation and management practices. This study was therefore carried out to generate information on macro-fungal diversity in this forest. During a field study carried out between 2013 and 2015, 206 macro-fungi samples were collected and molecularly identified using the ribosomal ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2 regions. Sequence data analysis revealed that majority of the fungal isolates (87.93%) belonged to phylum Basidiomycota while 12.07% belonged to Ascomycota. Among the fungal genera detected, 18 are new records for Cameroon. This work represents the first comprehensive record of macro-fungi in Kilum-Ijim forest in Cameroon.
doi:10.5943/sif/2/1/6 fatcat:f5ufkd4ocfcgvgw75smmufcvs4