Fungi Anatomy

Maren Bryan

Key Points

  • -Fungi like to be in a moist and slightly acidic environment; they can grow with or without light or oxygen.
  • -Fungal cell walls are rigid and contain complex polysaccharides called chitin (adds structural strength) and glucans.

  • Fungi Structure

    The typical fungal structure is that of a colony of cells strung together in a filament called a Hypha. The cells in a hypha are separated by a cross-wall called a Septum. Hyphae tend to form a larger network of cells called a Mycelium.

    A Fungi's Internal and External Structure:

    What is the function of a fungus?

    Fungi are eukaryotes and are heterotrophs that absorb their food. They produce and discharge digestive chemicals into their environment, where the food is digested, after which they absorb the nutrients. Most fungi are multi-cellular (yeast are unicellular).


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