Ch 31 Fungi - Plantae Fungi Animalia Protista Monera...

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Unformatted text preview: Plantae Fungi Animalia Protista Monera Kingdom Fungi About 100,000 species Uses: medicine food Ecological value: major decomposers symbiotic relationships (N 2 fixers) Problems: some strains are deadly athletes foot destroy library books destroy crops About 30% of the 100,000 known species of fungi are parasites, mostly on or in plants. American elms: Dutch Elm Disease Some fungi are pathogens Was once one of America's most dominant trees American chestnut: chestnut blight Other fungi, such as rusts and ergots, infect grain crops, causing tremendous economic losses each year. Some fungi are pathogens Curse of the Mummy Some fungi are pathogens Athletes Foot Some fungi are persistant Fungi as Decomposers Kingdom Fungi Eukaryotic, absorptive Mostly multicellular (except few, e.g. yeast) Heterotrophic (decomposers & parasitic) Mycelium (body of hyphae) Kingdom Fungi Firm cell walls (generally of chitin) Spores as reproductive bodies Unique chromosomes and nuclei Includes molds, yeasts, rusts, and mushrooms...
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Ch 31 Fungi - Plantae Fungi Animalia Protista Monera...

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