The study was carried out to find significant lipid constituents of
Sporotrichum schenckii (S. schenckii), purified lipid extract was
assessed, and the ecology of S. schenckii was also studied.
Phospholipids, triglycerides, and cholesterol were the three major lipid
constituents of S. schenckii (77.9%). Other lipids (22.1%) were too
few to be quantitated. 16 different types of fungi were isolated out of
120 samples processed; the maximum isolations were of Aspergillus spp.,
the most typical contaminant fungus. There was no particular correlation
between the fungus isolate and the type of sample or its collection
site. The pattern of various fungal isolates was almost identical
irrespective of the sample and place. None of the samples processed was
positive for S. schenckii. S. schenckii, though said to be a saprophyte,
was not grown in the 120 samples studied. The endemicity of the disease,
however, points towards the existence of the fungus in the area.