|Fungi are a kingdom
of heterotrophic single-celled, multinucleated, or multicellular
organisms, including yeasts, molds, mildew and mushrooms.
Previously classified in the plant kingdom, fungi are nonmotile,
like plants, but lack the vascular tissues (phloem and xylem)
that form the true roots, stems, and leaves of plants.
Fungi are parasites and obtain
their nourishment from another living organism called the host.
Other than a few edible types of
mushrooms, most fungi are considered disease for their host. For example
apple powdery mildew is a known disease for apple trees. Other fruits
also get infected with similar types of fungi. Fungi can also infect
In this project, we research the
conditions that are favorable for fungi growth. The result of this study
and many other similar studies on fungi can help us to reduce or prevent
growing fungi on trees, crops, and skin. We can also use the same
information to grow mushrooms and other types of fungi needed for food
or pharmaceutical uses.