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The Fungi

  • Ervin H. Barnes

Abstract

The mushrooms, mildews, smuts, rusts, and puffballs are fungi (sing. fungus) and do not have stems, leaves, roots, fruits, or vascular systems. They are usually defined as simple plants with filamentous, branched, thread-like structures having true nuclei and no chlorophyll. Hence, fungi do not photosynthesize and must obtain reduced carbon compounds, such as sugars, as saprobes or parasites. Most fungi reproduce asexually by spores as well as sexually. They are generally nonmotile although some produce motile reproductive cells.

Keywords

Asexual Reproduction Sexual Cycle Cross Wall Asexual Spore Haploid Nucleus 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ervin H. Barnes
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityUSA

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