the “club fungi”
•Fruiting structures are basidiomata
•30,000 species, includes edible mushrooms, puff balls, bracket fungi
•Hyphae have septa with pores.
•The basidia are the characteristic sexual reproductive structures; site of nuclear fusion.
- •In mushrooms, basidia form on specialized structures
- called gills or pores.
- •The dikaryon stage may persist for years—some
- live decades or even centuries.
•Also include plant pathogens such as rusts and smuts infect cereal grains. Other club fungi species are fungal partners in ectomycorrhizae.