Fungi Reproduction Cycle

Richard Rivers and Ekene Agulefo

Asexual Reproduction

Fungi reproduce asexually by fragmentation, budding, or producing spores. Fragments of hyphae can grow new colonies. Mycelial fragmentation occurs when a fungal mycelium separates into pieces with each component growing into a separate mycelium. Somatic cells in yeast form buds. During budding (a type of cytokinesis), a bulge forms on the side of the cell, the nucleus divides mitotically, and the bud ultimately detaches itself from the mother cell. The most common is through the formation of asexual spores, which are produced by one parent only and are genetically identical to that parent this is through mitosis.

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