Ecological and Economic Importance of Fungi


Ecological:

1.Decomposers -- major impact in nutrient cycling in the ecosystem.

2.Symbiotic relationships with other organisms, e.g., mycorrhizae and lichens -- major impacts on ecosystem.

Economic:

3.Culinary arts -- treasured for flavor even though of low nutrient content.

4.Pathenogenic -- plants and animals.

5.Yeast -- fermentation, bread-making, cheese, biotechnology.

6.Medicinal -- antibiotic properties.

7.Decomposition -- dry rot can cause structural problems.


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