Background on Club and
- Fungal diversity.
- Derive nutrition from being decomposition, parasitism or as mutualists
(partners with trees).
- Importance of correctly identifying mushrooms and being careful the first
time you eat them. One species is among the best edible fungi, some species are
slightly poisonous for some people and not others, and at least one is
poisonous for all.
- Same problem of spore dispersal, different solution. Spores produced on
smooth or wrinkled upper surface of branches or clubs instead of under a cap on
gills. Despite a different structure the fruiting body serves to elevate spore
producing tissues thereby increasing chance of large distance
dispersal just like mushrooms.
Why are club and coral fungi basidiomycetes (club fungi ) ?
Compare coral fungi to other kinds of mushrooms,
e.g., earth stars, jelly
fungi, morels or shelf
- structure of mushroom
- spore dispersal
- special adaptations
- use, e.g., edibility, chemical production, biocontrol.
What does the food gathering body of a coral fungus look like? hint:
Last update: 15 Nov 06