10 facts about fungi

August 11, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 4th August 2017, written by Nicholas P. Money, author of Fungi: A Very Short Introduction.

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction

"Fungi play an important role for a balanced life of flora, fauna, and humans alike. But are they important for us humans, and how are fungi related to animals? Nicholas P. Money, author of Fungi: A Very Short Introduction, tells us 10 things everyone should know about fungi, and the role they play in the world.

1. Mushrooms and other fungi release an incredible amount of spores into the atmosphere every year, and contributing up to 50 million tonnes of particulates.

2. Fungi are more closely related to animals than they are to plants as they both belong to the Opisthokonta taxonomic supergroup.

3. In contrast to plants, fungi do not have chlorophyll, lack leaves and roots, and never form flowers, fruits, or seeds ..."

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.

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