What are fungi?
Fungi are organisms that are somewhat distantly related to plants, and lower animals. Fungi are consumers. They are part of the eukaryotic crown group that started around a million years ago.
Where are they found?
Fungi will grow on almost any thing. Many species are found on food in the form of molds and yeasts. Many fungi are free living in water or soil. They also form parasitic relationships with plants and animals. Fungi best grows where there is much food, and in damp and moist areas.
How does fungi get food?
Some types of fungi are parasites. They get their food by growing on other living organisms and getting their food from that organism. Other types of fungi get their food from dead matter. These fungi decompose, or break down, dead plants and animals.
How do they reproduce?
Fungi reproduce by letting out little spores from itself. When the spores are released into the air, it is taken by the wind to somewhere. That is where the next generation is started.
What does fungi do and how does it affect us?
Fungi’s main purpose is to decompose. Fungi decompose all the dead animals and plants. Without them doing that, the world would be littered and polluted with all the dead animals and plants lying around. Some other fungi are used to make medicines, like Penicillin.
How are they good? How are they bad?
Fungi can be good in a lot of ways. They can make medicines to heal sick people. Take Penicillin for example fungi are also in types of cheese. One of the best things fungi do is decomposing. They break down all the dead plants and animals. Some bad things about fungi are the parasite types. They live off of other organisms and take food from them.