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Soon, diagnosis of fungal diseases will be accurate

Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 8:26am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Fergusson professor receives patent for invention of culture medium composition of pathological fungi to diagnose fungal diseases

Pune: Soon, the correct and accurate diagnosis of fungal diseases will not be a distant dream as a professor of botany from Fergusson College has received a patent for inventing 'culture medium' for cultivation of pathological fungi which can isolate fungi from bacteria without antibiotics and contamination.The patent has been registered in the name of Professor SL Laware, his student Shrikant Harane and Deccan Education Society, of which Fergusson College belongs to.While speaking to dna, Laware said that currently, pathologists and lab technicians are finding it difficult while diagnosing fungal diseases as the the fungi and bacteria in the blood cell samples generally grow and even it contaminates the microbial cultures.

"These contaminants generally come from the environment and are always difficult to eradicate completely. Bacteria are the most common group of contaminants, which hamper the process of isolation of fungi, purification of fungi and sub-culturing of pure colonies of industrially and medically important fungal specimens," he said.
He added that if the bacteria also grows along with fungi then for doctors it is quite difficult to judge the exact cause of disease for fungal diseases or infections.
"In our invention, the medium which we have created is comprise of chemical composition which will not allow bacteria to grow and only fungi will grow and on that basis the diagnosis of such diseases will be quicj and accurate and it will also bring down the costs of various tests pertaining to fungal diseases," he added.
It will be easy to diagnose the diseases like AIDS, Cancer, Skin diseases, ear diseases, burn cases, gynecological disorders and several other fungal diseases.
He said that the same culture medium composition can be used to detect diseases in plants and flowers.
"We are talking to various companies in the pharmaceutical industry to get product commercialize so that the end user can be benefitted," he said. He added that the DES society, college helped them carry out the research and facilitated proper infrastructure.
Dr Ravindrasinh Pardeshi, the Principal of Fergusson College said that it is an achievement for the institution and I congratulate Professor Laware for the same.

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