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3.5: Ascomycota (Sac Fungi)

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    A morel - a "mushroom" that forms a highly invaginated cone where spores are produced - growing in a garden
    A spider covered with long white projections making spores
    Bright teal, cup-shaped fruiting bodies
    A hard, black lump on a leaf with a maze-like pattern over its surface
    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): A small sampling of the vast diversity of ascomycetes. Top left photo by SMWhite (Morchella americana), top right by Siburanlai (Gibellula pulchra), bottom left by Christian Schwarz (Chlorociboria aeruginascens), and bottom right by Riley Walsh (Rhytisma americanum). All photos licensed CC-BY-NC.

    • 3.5.1: Characteristics
      Shared characteristics found in Ascomycota
    • 3.5.2: Types of Ascocarps
      Fruiting bodies formed by sexual reproduction in Ascomycota are called ascocarps. There are three main types: apothecium, perithecium, and cleistothecium.
    • 3.5.3: Life Cycle
      Ascomycetes have a haplontic life cycle that produces dikaryotic hyphae. These hyphae will produce asci, where both karyogamy and meiosis take place.

    This page titled 3.5: Ascomycota (Sac Fungi) is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Maria Morrow (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative) .

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