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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:12, December, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(12): 370-375

Microbiological Flora and Proximate Composition of the Yam Beetle, Heteroligus meles
E.N. Amadi1*, D.B. Kiin-Kabari2, D.P. William-West1 and G.E. Pepple1
1Department of Microbiology, 2Department of Food Science and Technology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
*Corresponding author

The microbial flora and proximate composition of whole and wingless yam beetle, Heteroligus meles, were examined. The heterotrophic bacterial, fungal and coliform counts of the external surface of the whole beetle were 6.30 x 105 cfu/g, 2.65 x 103 cfu/g and 2.65 x 103 cfu/g, respectively. The bacterial species isolated belonged to the genera, Arthrobacter, Bacillus and Staphylococcus while the fungi were mainly Aspergillus sp and Cryptococcus sp. These microbial genera constitute part of the normal soil micro-biota and do not pose a sanitary or health problem. The proximate composition revealed low moisture content (57.30%) followed by crude protein at 23.60%, fat at 12.48% and fibre at 4.44%. The values for the wingless insect followed a similar trend but higher except for ash, fibre and carbohydrate. The low microbial count coupled with the low moisture content would assist in the keeping quality of the insect.

Keywords: Microbiological flora, proximate composition, yam beetle (Heteroligus meles).

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Amadi, E.N., D.B. Kiin-Kabari, D.P. William-West and Pepple, G.E. 2016. Microbiological Flora and Proximate Composition of the Yam Beetle, Heteroligus melesInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(12): 370-375. doi:
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