Unformatted text preview: A familiar member of the division is Rhizopus stolonifer , a fungus found on fruits, vegetables, and breads. It is the familiar bread mold. It anchors itself to the substratum with special hyphae known as rhizoids. Rhizopus is used in the industrial production of steroids, meat tenderizers, industrial chemicals, and certain coloring agents. Division Ascomycota. Members of the division Ascomycota are referred to as ascomycetes. After sexual fusion of cells has taken place, these organisms form their sexual spores within a sac called an ascus. Therefore, they are called sac fungi. Ascomycetes include the powdery mildews and the fungi that cause Dutch elm disease and chestnut blight disease. The research organism Neurospora crassa is found within this group. Asexual reproduction in the ascomycetes involves conidia. Many yeasts are classified in the division Ascomycota. Of particular interest is the fermentation yeast Many yeasts are classified in the division Ascomycota....
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Pesthy during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
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