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The large group of heterotrophic, spore-bearing organisms characterised by their lack of chlorophyll, which requires them to feed on organic matter. Parasitic fungi rely upon living plants or animals to provide their nourishment, while saprophytic
Of fungi, the sporocarp or spore-bearing structures of larger fungi, including mushrooms, toadstools, etc.
An abnormal growth or swelling on a plant, caused by insect attack, fungi or bacteria.
An organism that grows on dead or decaying organic matter, eg, mushrooms and other fungi.
A simple reproductive cell of non-flowering plants, eg, ferns and fungi. It's highly capable of surviving in unfavourable conditions.
A general term (also see Canker) covering a large number of plant diseases sharing similar symptoms, namely patches of dead tissue on leaves or stems. These are caused by a range of organisms, including fungi, bacteria, mycoplasmas and viruses.