2. The Basics of Fungi
In this section, delve deeper into the world of fungi, unraveling what defines a fungus, exploring their unique structures, and understanding the classification of fungi.
Understand what makes a fungus a fungus, from cellular and molecular characteristics to nutritional modes. Learn about the Kingdom Fungi and clarify common misconceptions about this intriguing group of organisms.
Discover the intricate structures that make up fungi, including their cellular composition, hyphae, mycelium, and fruiting bodies. Explore the diverse shapes and structures of fruiting bodies and learn about unique fungal structures such as spores and chitin.
Grasp the basics of fungal classification with an overview of major fungal phyla, key groups, and the morphological traits used in identification. Understand the role of molecular data in modern fungal classification and recognize the limitations of traditional taxonomic classifications.