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What fungi absorb food from decaying organic matter?


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Saprobes are fungi that absorb food from decaying organic matter. The word originates in the ancient Greek prefix σαπρός (saprós, "putrid"). The fungi represent the only multi-celled organisms that digest cellulose and lignin, two major components of plant cell walls and of wood, and feed on chitin in insect exoskeletons and shellfish shells and on keratin in fingernails, hair and hooves.