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What are Fungi

Fungi are microscopic plant organisms that consist of cells, such as mould, mildews and yeast. They cannot produce their own food; thus they behave as either parasites or saprophytes, absorbing nutrients from organic matter, such as humans and animals.

What does this mean to you? Essentially fungi are infections. More commonly known as moulds and yeasts, fungi are found in nature, and they appear in the environment (Geophilic), on humans (Anthropophlic), and on animals (Zoophilic).

Moulds have singular hyphae (a threadlike part of the vegetative portion of a fungus) and produce velvety cotton-looking colonies.

Yeasts consist of a single cell and they reproduce by budding, producing soft pasty-looking colonies. An example of yeast of which you may be familiar is the Candida species.


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