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BIOL 102 Ch. 31 Fungi Lecture Notes

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These notes cover the information presented in lecture from Ch. 31 Fungi
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Mihaly Czako
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Date Created: 10/04/16
Chapter 31 Notes (Fungi) • Fungi diverse and widespread o Essential for well-being of most terrestrial ecosystems § Break down organic material and recycle vital nutrients • Body Structure: o Multicellular filaments and single cells (yeasts) o Morphology enhances ability to absorb nutrients o Consist of mycelia, networks of branched hyphae adapted for absorption § Maximizes surface-to-volume ratio § Cell walls contain chitin o Divided into cells by septa: pores allowing cell-to-cell movement of organelles o Coenocytic fungi lack septa & have continuous cytoplasmic mass w/ hundreds or thousands of nuclei o Some have specialized hyphae called haustoria that allow them to penetrate tissues of their host o Ectomycorrhizal Fungi: form sheaths of hyphae over root and grow into extracellular spaces of root cortex o Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: extend hyphae thru cell walls of root cells and into tubes formed by invagination of root cell membrane o Mycorrhizal fungi: deliver phosphate ions & minerals to plants (because of mutually beneficial relationship b/w fungi and plant roots) • Sexual reproduction: o Fungal nuclei normally haploid, w/ exception of transient diploid stages during sexual life cycles o Sexual reproduction requires fusion of hyphae from different mating types o Use sexual signaling molecules called pheromones to communicate mating type o Plasmogamy: union of cytoplasm from two parent mycelia o In most fungi, haploid nuclei from each part DO NOT fuse right away, coexist in mycelium à called heterokaryon o In some fungi, haploid nuclei pair off 2 per cell à dika yotic o Karyogamy: nuclear fissio § Haploid nuclei fuse, produce diploid ce ls § Diploid phase short-lived & undergoes meiosis, producing haploid spo es • Produce genetic variatio o Molds and yeasts w/ no known sexual stage = deuteromycetes • Fungi more closely related to animals than plants or other eukaryo es o Multicellularity arose separately in animals and f ngi • Fungi were among earliest colonizers of lan s o Fossil evidence indicates fungi formed mutualistic relationships w/ early land plants • Basidiomycetes: o Include mushrooms, puffballs & shelf fun i o Some form mycorrhizae, some plant parasites 2 o Phylum defined by club-like structure called basidium, transient diploid stage in life cyc e § AKA club fung o Many are decomposers of wood o Can produce mushrooms quickly, some produce “fairy rings” • Fungi play key roles in nutrient cycling, ecological interactions, and human w lfare o Decomposers, mutualists, pathogens o Efficient decomposers or organic material including cellulose and l gnin o Essential recycling of chemical elements b/w living and nonliving orld o Form mutualistic relationships w/ plants, algae, cyanobacteria, & ani als • Fungus-Plant Mutualisms: o Endophytes: fungi that live inside leaves or other plant parts § Make toxins that deter herbivores and defend against pathogen § Most endophytes are ascomycetes • Fungus-Animal Mutualisms: o Some fungi share digestive services w/ anima s o Help break down plant material in guts of cows & other grazing mammal o Ants use digestive power of fungi by raising them in “fa ms” • Lichen = symbiotic association b/w photosynthetic microorganism and a fungu o Millions of photosynthetic cells held in mass of fungal hy hae o Photosynthetic component is green algae or cyanobacteri § Occupy inner layer below lichen surfa e 3 • Algae provides carbon compounds • Cyanobacteria provide organic nitrogen • Fungi provide environment for growth § Fungi can reproduce sexually & asexuall § Asexual reproduction = fragmentation or formation of soredia: small clusters of hyphae w/ embedded algae o Fungal component often ascomycete • Fungi as Parasites o 30% of known fungal species = parasites or pathogen o 10-50% of worlds fruit harvest lost due to fungi pe yr o Some fungi that attack food crops are toxic to human • Fungal infection in animals = mycos s o Systemic mycoses spread thru body o Some are opportunistic • Practical Uses of Fung : o Humans eat fungi and use others to make cheese, alcoholic beverages, and bread o Some used to produce antibiotics for treatment of bacterial infect ons o Genetic research on fungi leading to applications in biotechnol gy 4


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