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Introduction to Clinical Mycology

Part One

What Are Fungi?

Slide 21

November 2011

Well, what are these fungi in general? We mentioned Hetetrophic. They break down organic matter. They have chitin in the walls. They have ergosterol in the cell membrane. They have an organized nucleus. They reproduce by asexual spores again, most often. And if it happened to be a mold, they produce hyphae which you can see on this left hand photograph, they are nothing more than filaments that look like garden hoses underneath the microscope. And if it happens to be a yeast, they produce single cells that reproduce by budding and often times a few more structures in there.

What Are Fungi?


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