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Chapter 21 Kingdom Fungi. 20-1 Learning Targets What are the characteristics of Fungi? What is the internal structure of a fungus? How do fungi reproduce?

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1 Chapter 21 Kingdom Fungi


3 20-1 Learning Targets What are the characteristics of Fungi? What is the internal structure of a fungus? How do fungi reproduce?

4 Fungi Characteristics VERY different from plants: –No roots, stems or leaves –Have no chlorophyll Eukaryotic heterotrophs with cell walls –Cell wall made of CHITIN –Digest food outside of body and THEN absorb it through cell wall Some absorb nutrients from decaying matter –Called Detritus Feeders –Example of Detritus feeder: Club fungi/mushrooms Some live as parasites –Example of Parasitic feeder: Ring worm Some live in symbiotic relationship that benefits both sides


6 More Characteristics All fungi are multicellular (except yeast) Multicellular fungi are made of tiny filaments called hyphae –Hyphae tangle together in a thick mass to form the mycelium or fungal body –Mycelium lies below the ground and the fruiting body or reproductive structure is above ground (the “mushroom”)

7 Hyphae Hyphae Without Cross Walls Nuclei Cell wall Nuclei Cytoplasm Cross wall Cell wall Cytoplasm Hyphae With Cross Walls

8 Kingdom Fungi Mycelium Fruiting Body Hyphae


10 Fairy Rings Some mycelia can live for many years –Over time, the nutrients at the center of the mycelium become depleted –New mushrooms only sprout at the edges of the mycelium, causing a ring Called a “FAIRY RING”

11 Reproduction in Fungi Fungi reproduce both sexually and asexually Fungi are classified according to their structure and method of reproduction General Groups: –Common Molds –Sac Fungi –Club Fungi –Imperfect Fungi

12 are divided into the phyla includes Fungi Common molds Imperfect fungi Sac fungi Club fungi AscomycotaZygomycotaBasidiomycota Deuteromycota

13 20-2 Learning Targets What are the characteristics of the four major phyla of Fungus?


15 Common Molds Phylum Zygomycota: called zygomycetes –Common molds that grow on meat, cheese and bread Best Known Zygomycete: –Rhizopus stolonifer (black bread mold) Structure –The mycelium is the cottony white mass of a bread mold. –The black balls at the top of the filaments are called SPORANGIA or spore cases. –This fungus sends out filaments across the top of the bread. –These filaments secrete digestive enzymes and absorb the digested food externally

16 Rhizopus

17 Rhizopus Reproduction Rhizopus reproduces asexually by spore formation –Each spore has a nucleus and is surrounded by a black wall. –The outer wall of the sporangium is very delicate and easily torn. When torn, the exposed spores are quickly carried away by air The spores then grow and reproduce on a moist surface. The mold also reproduces sexually –We will not learn this process in detail, you just need to know that it is possible!

18 Rhizopus Life Cycle FERTILIZATION Diploid Haploid MEIOSIS Sexual Reproduction Asexual Reproduction Zygospore (2N) Spores (N) Sporangium Zygospore (2N) + Mating type (N) Stolons Rhizoids - Mating type (N) Spores (N) Sporangiophore Sporangium Gametangia

19 Sac Fungi Phylum Ascomycota: called Ascomycetes –Named for the ASCUS, their reproductive structure that contains spores –Largest Phylum of Kingdom Fungi –Some ascomycetes such as cup fungi are visible on the ground, others like yeasts are microscopic –EXAMPLES: Morels, Truffles

20 YEAST Yeast are unicellular fungi used by humans for baking and brewing –Cause bread to rise by producing CO 2 in fermentation They can reproduce sexually and form ascospores They reproduce asexually by budding –A bulge appears on the cell wall. –The nucleus splits and moves into the bulge. –The bulge grows but may remain attached to the mother cell. –Chains grow and may eventually break.

21 Yeast Budding

22 Club Fungi Phylum Basidiomycota: called basidiomycetes or club fungi –Gets name from reproductive structure that resembles a club (called a basidium) –The cap of the basidiomycete (like a mushroom) is made of tightly packed hyphae The lower side of the cap is made of GILLS –Gills are thin blades of tissue lined with cells that produce spores –Spores are scattered to produce more mushrooms –Examples: Mushrooms, Shelf Fungi, Puffballs, Earthstars, jelly fungi

23 Basidiomycete Life Cycle FERTILIZATION MEIOSIS HYPHAE FUSE Fruiting body (N + N) Button Secondary mycelium (N + N) Primary mycelium (N) + Mating type (N) - Mating type (N) Basidiospores (N) Zygote (2N) Basidia (N + N) Gills lined with basidia Gills Stalk Base Cap Haploid Diploid

24 Basidiomycete Pictures Shelf Fungi: form next to dead/decaying trees Puffballs

25 Stinkhorns Stinkhorns are a family of basidiomycetes –They produce a foul-scented mushroom Their method of reproduction is different than most mushrooms, which use the air to spread their spores –Stinkhorns produce a sticky spore mass on their tip which has an odor that attracts flies –The flies land on the stinkhorn and collect the spores on their legs and carry it to other locations.

26 Stinkhorn

27 Just a Warning Many types of fungi are delicacies and are cultivated for food (Portabellas are yummy!) Many wild mushrooms are also edible, BUT many are POISONOUS –Many species of edible mushrooms look identical to poisonous mushrooms Moral of the Story: Don’t pick and eat mushrooms unless you know what you are doing!


29 Imperfect Fungi Phylum Deuteromycota: called deuteromycetes or imperfect fungi Extremely diverse group– basically the misfit fungi –Fungi go here when researchers have not found a sexual phase in their life cycles EXAMPLES: Penicillium, Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot

30 Penicillium Penicillium is mold that grows on fruit and is source of antibiotic Mold on an orange UP CLOSE!!!

31 Importance of Fungi FOOD SOURCE –Mushrooms –Morels – a delicacy –Yeast – used in baking and fermentation –Truffles – very expensive delicacy MEDICINES: –Penicillin – from Penicillium –Cyclosporin – anti-rejection drug

32 Morels and Truffles

33 Importance of Fungi DISEASES –Ringworm-from deuteromycete –Athlete’s foot fungus-from deuteromycete –Thrush – Candida albicans –Yeast infections Using antibiotics increases risk of yeast infections because the medicines kill helpful, symbiotic bacteria in humans. –Dutch elm disease –Chestnut blight


35 Ringworm

36 Importance of Fungi IN NATURE: –Decompose and recycle detritus. –Lichens – symbiotic relationship between a fungus and algae (see p. 540) Usually neither can grow on their own Can grow in harsh environments due to relationship (fungus gets water, minerals, and other carries out photosynthesis) –Mycorrhizae –symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi Fungus helps obtain more nutrients by increasing surface area (plant also provides nutrients) About 90% of plants have a miycorrhizal relationship –Fungi kill nematodes – a roundworm that attacks crops

37 Lichens

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