Airborne fungi in a Turkish olive processing plant
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Studies employing gravity settling culture plates (GSC) were conducted in order to analyse the airborne fungi of an olive processing (ripe pitted, natural calamata pitted and whole olive) plant in Izmir, Turkey, in May 2008. Sampling procedure for airborne fungi was performed 8 times during the processing. Numbers and types of airborne fungi in the air of olive processing areas were investigated by exposing a Petri dish of malt extract and potato dextrose agar medium for 15 min and then counting the number of colonies which develop after incubation at 25°C for 7 d.. Moulds were identified according to Pitt and Hocking (1997) and Samson et al. (1996).