Last Updated: April 28, 2019

Definition - What does Fungus mean?

A fungus belongs to a group of eurykratic unicellular or multicellular organisms. Fungi (plural) usually grow as a long, tubular, threadlike structure with tips at the end of their hyphae. A fungus without the growth of hyphae is usually unicellular.

Some examples of fungi include mushrooms, yeast, and mildew. Edible fungi are used in cooking, while other types of fungi are used in chemotherapeutics and for pest control in crops.

MaximumYield explains Fungus

Fungi, which are heterotrophic organisms, cannot produce their own food, so they live off other living organisms as parasites or saprophytes.

In the context of pest control, when beneficial fungi are released in a garden, they will compete with other pathogenic organisms for nutrients and space. Such competition for survival will limit the growth of harmful pests that affect the growth of the crops.

Many types of fungi act as an aspect of control for plant pathogens and assist in organic agricultural practices.

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