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1 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 1 Fungi 1 Importance; Structure & Growth

2 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 2 Definition Eucaryotic, spore-gearing organisms with absorptive nutrition, no chlorophyll, and that reproduce sexually and asexually. Fungi Includes Kingdom Fungi  Lower fungi  Higher fungi Kingdom Protista  Slime molds (cellular and acellular) Species 90,000 sp. described; 1.5 million spp. estimated to exist (Prescott et al., 1999).

3 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 3 Chemoorganotrophs Organic compounds as sources of carbon, electrons and energy. Most use carbohydrates and nitrogenous compounds to synthesize their own amino acids and proteins. Fungi Aerobes Usually aerobic; Some facultative anaerobes e.g. yeasts in alcoholic fermentation. Obligate anaerobes found in ruminants. Most are saprophytes Extracellular hydrolytic enzymes; hydrolysis; absorption of hydrolyzed products.

4 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 4 Saprophytism Importance in the biosphere Primary colonizers of plant litter Most fungal species can feed on complex polymers Polymers Long chain, branched and aromatic organic molecules such as cellulose, pectin, lignin by basidiomycetes and ascomycetes. Small organic molecules Sugars; fats; peptides by lower fungi and slime molds.

5 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 5 Symbiosis Importance in the biosphere Mycorrhiza (fungus/root) e.g. wheat/Glomus sp.; pine/Leucopaxillus sp. May/may not be obligate May (endo-)/may not (ecto-) enter the host Fungus receives plant photosynthate Plant receives mineral nutrients and protection from pathogens Lichens (alga/fungus) Sugars; fats; peptides by lower fungi and slime molds.

6 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 6 Parasitism and predation Importance in the biosphere Plants  8,000 spp. of fungi cause disease e.g. rusts and take all in wheat; potato blight Animals  50 spp. of mostly opportunistic yeasts.  Systemic mycoses of internal organs e.g. Candida albicans candiasis of the intestinal thrush.  Superficial mycoses e.g. Trichophyton spp. which cause ringworm and athelete’s foot. Nematode-trapping fungi.

7 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 7 Mycotoxins Secondary metabolites highly toxic to animals (ppm concentrations) Importance in the biosphere Examples Aflatoxin from Aspergillus flavus A. flavus grows in maize and cereals under warm, moist storage; and in peanut pods underground before harvest. Causes aflatoxicosis. Amanitin from Amanita muscaria Toadstools (hallucinations; liver damage; death). Ergot alkaloids from Claviceps purpurea Ergotism from ingestion of infected seedheads of rye and grasses.

8 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 8 Industrial, food and agricultural uses Importance in the biosphere Chemicals e.g. antibiotics; organic acids. Biomass e.g. mushroom; mycoprotein. Food fermentations e.g. tempe; cheese; alcohol production; bread; soy sauce. Biocontrol agents e.g. mycoherbicides; mycoinsecticides. Also see lectures on Agricultural Microbiology and Industrial Microbiology

9 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 9 Biodegradation Importance in the biosphere Damage by saprophytes results in economic losses. Fungi are ubiquitous. Nutrients for saprophytic growth found in:  Foodstuffs  Building materials  Textiles  Packaging Control measures based on imposition of unfavorable environment on the fungus e.g. gas/vacuum packaging; chemical inhibitors; asepsis; water activity; temperature control.

10 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 10 Bioremediation Importance in the biosphere Reduction of waste materials by exploiting the biochemical capability of the fungi e.g. Cellulosic materials e.g. composting Effluent treatment e.g. biobleaching

11 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 11 Filamentous Hyphae Mycelium (pl. mycelia) Pseudomycelium (single-cells; no cytoplasmic streaming) Structure Dimorphism Yeast form ↔ Mycelial form  YM shift Septa Non-septate (coenocytic) Septate (acoenocytic)  Uni- or multiperforate septa permits cytoplasmic streaming

12 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 12 Propagule Hyphal tips; hyphal fragments; spores Growth Hypha/hyphae Daughter cells by central constriction and formation of septa Mycelium (pl. mycelia) Filamentous fungi grow by hyphal extension Colony (thallus) Yeasts grow by budding

13 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 13 Metabolic products typically occur at different stages of the growth curve Growth Growth measured in Colony mass Colony diameter To produce growth curves similar to that of the bacteria Biomass Metabolite Primary metabolite Secondary metabolite

14 Dr. Clem Kuek ZIP\Lectures\Basic\Lectures\Fungi\Fungi1\Fungi1.ppt 14 1.Hyphal fragmentaion Lysis of aged parts of hyphae; other living sections to grow into new colonies. Mechanical breakage e.g. soil disturbance; break-up of substratum. Growth Fungi can propagate via 2.Sclerotia Specialized hyphal propagules. Storage and survival structure; resistant to extreme environmental conditions. Germinate to form new hyphae or sexual spores. 3.Rhizomorphs Hyphal aggregations growing in parallel into rope-like structures a few cm long and 1 – 2 mm thick. Transports fungus to another part of the substratum e.g. rotting wood, from where hyphae disperse and spread out.


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