Asked in Mycology or Fungi
Can fungi engulf food?
Fungi decompose animal/plant remants by injecting an enzyne filled liguid with their hyphae. Hypae are strings of cells that make up the fungus. They grow into the ground and feel around for food. Once found, they inject fluid with hyphae, and the hyphae then collects the decomposed material and sends it throughout the fungus. So, no, fungi do not "engulf" food but they use their hyphae to decompose animal/plant remains to obtain energy. ...
Asked in Biology
What is a organism that eats dead things called?
The specific term for an organism that eats dead things is called a decomposer or saprotrophs (the more common term is decomposer). Some examples are fungi and bacteria. Bacteria are unicellular and the primary decomposers of dead animal and dead plant matter in some ecosystems. Fungi grow as branching clusters of hypae, which are used to penetrate large pieces of matter. Fungi have the only necessary enzymes to break down lignin, a chemical substance found in wood. Therefore, fungi aare the primary litter...
Asked in Human Anatomy and Physiology
Difference between septate fungus and coenicytic fungus?
The main difference between septate and coenicytic fungi is that they posses divisions or septa on their hyphae. Are invaginations of the same material that composes the cell wall, usually chitin, these septa have small pores in them that allow the inter exchange of materials like ribosomes and even nuclei between cells, when the hypha is damaged septum pores are closed, localizing damage, saving the rest of the hypha from further damage. While hypae on coenicytic fungi don have any septa, so...
Asked in Biology, Mycology or Fungi, Geometry
What is the shape of fungi?
Hypae is the shape of the fungi The shape of a fungi depends on the type your talking about. -the Kingdom Fungi includes multicellular molds, unicellular yeasts, and macroscopic species like mushrooms In my microbiology class we focused on the microscopic fungi: yeast & molds. The thallus (body) of molds or fleshy fungi (i.e. mushrooms) consist of hyphae (long filaments of cells joined together). -septate hyphae (in most molds) contain septa (cross-walls) that divide the hyphae into distinct, uninucleate (one nucleus) cell like units. - coenocytic...