TITLE

Fungi

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Fungi, (singular: Fungus), a large group of organisms, including molds, yeasts, and mushrooms. Some scientists consider slime molds to be fungi, but most classify them as protists. Fungi lack chlorophyll and cannot make their own food; they must live as parasites (that is, on living organisms) or as saprophytes (on dead or decaying matter). Fungi directly absorb some nutrients, such as sugar, and secrete enzymes to break down nutrients too complex for direct absorption. They then absorb the simplified products.
ACCESSION #
37310244

 

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