Diversity of polypores in Kerala Agricultural University main campus, Vellanikkara, Kerala, India

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M. Kiran
C.K. Adarsh
K. Vidyasagaran
P.N. Ganesh


A survey of polypores was conducted from January 2013 to December 2015 in the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) main campus garden lands, botanical gardens, and plantations  visited during pre-monsoon, monsoon, and post monsoon periods.  A total of 43 polypore species in 28 genera belonging to seven families were recorded during the study.  Their distributions were analyzed by family, rot, and habit.  Polyporaceae dominated with 29 species, followed by Hymenochetaceae with nine, Meruliaceae with five, Ganodermataceae with three, and Meripilaceae & Fomitopsidaceae represented by two species each.  Forty species were white rot polypores and three were brown rotters; annuals and perennials were represented by 28 and 15 species, respectively.  This survey emphasizes the importance of university campuses in biodiversity conservation.


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