The Five Kingdoms of Life

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Kingdom Fungi
By: Mr. Lowe
Important New Vocabulary
• Hyphae = Mass of many-celled,
threadlike tubes forming the body of
a fungus.
• Spores = Waterproof reproductive cell
of a fungus.
• Decomposer = Organism that breaks
down decaying organic material and
returns it to the soil.
Main Characteristics
Most fungi share three important
- Eukaryotes
- Use spores to reproduce
- Heterotrophs
How do fungi obtain food?
• The fungus grows hyphae into its food
• Digestive chemicals ooze from the hyphae
into the food.
The digestive chemicals break down the
food into small substances that can be
absorbed into the hyphae.
Fungi Reproduction
• Asexual – By budding – a small yeast cell
grows from the body of a fungus. It
eventually breaks away. (Pg 226 in your book.)
• Sexual -The hyphae of two fungi grow
together and genetic material is
exchanged. A new structure grows from
the joined hyphae.
Roles of Fungi
• Environmental decomposers
• Food source
• Cause diseases
• Fight diseases (Penicillin – powerful
Fungi Classification
• Four groups based on the shape of the sporeproducing structures, and ability to reproduce
a. Threadlike - 600 species of molds, produce
spores in their hyphae.
b. Sac - 30,000 species, produce spores in
structures that look like sacks.
c. Club - 25,000 species,
produce spores in structures
that look like clubs
• Imperfect Fungi – 25,000 species, do
not reproduce sexually, Penicullium is
in the group.