keywords: Aurebasidium sp, Paecilomycetes sp, Aspergillus spp, and consortium
The study of fungal degradation of vegetable oil on the surface of the clay was carried out in Kogi State University, Anyigba, Kogi State. The soil sample was collected in Ankpa, Kogi State. The soil was contaminated to determine the presence of fungi. The physio-chemical properties of the soil were also determined. The fungi isolated were identified as Aurebasidium sp, Paecilomycetes sp and Aspergillus sp. The isolates were cultured on a potato dextrose agar to test their ability to grow. The vegetable oil biodegradation was determined by gravimetric analysis. From the analysis it was found that Aspergillus sp (79%) and Paecilomycetes spp (61%) used the oil efficiently than Aurebasidium spp having 59%. The results suggest that the consortium of the isolates could be used in remediating vegetable oil-contaminated soils.