5 Fungi live IN their food! It’s like you living in Chocolate cake! Modes of NutritionHeterotrophicsecrete digestive enzymesfeed by absorptionparasitesfeeding on living creaturespredatorsparalyzing preydecomposersbreakdown dead remainsplant cellfungal hyphaplant cell membraneplant cell wallFungi live IN their food!It’s like you living in Chocolate cake!
7 Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture! Ecological RolesDecomposersrecycle nutrientsSymbiotic Relationshipslichenfungi + algaecyanobacteria or green algaepioneer species in ecosystemsmakes soil from bare rockmycorrhizaefungi + plantslive in & amongst plant rootsenables plants to absorb more water & nutrientsLichens grow in the leftover spots of the natural world that are too harsh or limited for most other organisms. They are pioneers on bare rock, desert sand, cleared soil , dead wood, animal bones, rusty metal, and living bark. Able to shut down metabolically during periods of unfavorable conditions, they can survive extremes of heat, cold, and drought.As adaptations for life in marginal habitats, lichens produce an arsenal of more than 500 unique biochemical compounds that serve to control light exposure, repel herbivores, kill attacking microbes, and discourage competition from plants. Among these are many pigments and antibiotics that have made lichens very useful to people in traditional societies.Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture!
8 Mycorrhizae Critical role in plant growth extends water & nutrient absorption of rootswithout mycorrhizaewith mycorrhizaeEndomycorrhizaEctomycorrhiza
9 Reproduction Asexual Sexual budding in yeast spores spread by windjoining of + & – haploid sporeshaploid spores