Monday, February 23, 2009
Doubts about Fungi?
A fungus is a eukaryotic organism that is a member of kingdom. The fungi are monophylatic group, also called the Eumycota ("true fungi" or eumycetes), that is phylogenetically distinct from the morphologically similar slime molds (myxomycetes) and water molds (oomycetes). The fungi are heterotropic organisms possessing chitinous cell wall, with the majority of fungal species growing as multicellular filaments called hyphae a mycelium; some fungal species also grow as cells. Sexual and asexual reproduction of the fungi is commonly via spores, often produced on specialized structures or fruiting bodies. Some species have lost the ability to form reproductive structures, and propagate solely by vegetative growth.