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By J. Singh

Biodeterioration is the most typical challenge of mankind and its checklist may be traced again to biblical occasions or most likely previous. development Mycology offers with the research of fungi in and round the development atmosphere, having direct and oblique impression at the overall healthiness of the development, its fabrics, buildings and occupants.

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ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF FUNGI Fungi are ubiquitous and almost all of us encounter them in the course of our daily lives. They may deteriorate cellulosic materials such as wood or wood-based products, textiles, paper and insulating materials. Fungi can also cause deterioration of non-cellulosic materials, such as plastic, glass, electrical equipment, fuel, paints, paint films, leather and glues, etc. Fungi often grow in jams, jellies, pickles or bread and may spoil stored fruits, Introduction, ecology, taxonomy and economic importance of fungi in buildings 25 vegetables and grains.

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