organisms (such as mildews, molds
, mushrooms, smuts, toadstools, and yeast) which (1) unlike bacteria
can grow in low
moisture and low pH environments
, and have their genetic material bound
in a membrane, (2) unlike plants
do not have roots or leaves, do not contain chlorophyll, and do not produce
their own food
, but obtain
nourishment from dead organic
matter. Out of about 70,000 species
of fungi some are edible but most are poisonous to humans. Their principal commercial uses
of food and alcoholic beverages, and antibiotics
such as penicillin. Plural of fungus
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After a very heavy rain in my neighborhood, the yards were filled with fungi and other forms of toadstools and mushrooms the next day.
They have a lot of fungi growing on decaying plants and trees in the forest because it is dark and damp.
He is a gourmet and has used truffles in many of his famous recipes, but he did not know that truffles are fungi that grow underground.
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