fungal importance

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fungal importance
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2011-11-26 20:22:46
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  1. decomposers
    • important in forest food webs
    • only fungi can digest ligin in wood
    • primary decomposers of forest floor litter
  2. food for humans and animals
    • mushrooms, yeast, cheese, wine and beer
    • contain b vits, including pantothenic acid and niacin
  3. antibiotics and other medications
  4. ecological impacts of fungi
    • agricultural diseases
    • dutch elm disease, chesnut blight
    • endophytes live in grasses, making themunpalatable to llvestock
    • human diseases- athletes foot, lung infections, thrush
  5. human diseases
    • athletes foot,
    • lung infection
    • thrush

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