After this lab you should be able to:
- Observe specimens and recognize characteristics that identify them as different groups of fungi.
- Define terms relating to structures and life cycles.
- Examine the diversity in Fungi.
- Compare and contrast sexual and asexual structures in each group.
- Diagram or describe the life cycles of the 3 major groups: Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Basidiomycota.
- Relate the structure, function, and life cycles of the organisms to their ability to cause disease.
Fungi are everywhere. Even in one’s own backyard one can see the progression of development. In the left photo the fruiting body has developed from microscopic hyphae. In the center photo the fruiting body has contracted, splitting open and releasing the spores. There were about ½ cup of spores in this single fungus. The photo on the right shows the fungi many days later as it decomposes. It was covered in a filmy substance that looked wet and like mucous, but was in fact solid and dry like cellophane.
Contributors and Attributions
Kelly C. Burke (College of the Canyons)