Horn Of Plenty
Anatomy & Adaptations
The mycelium is a cotton wool mass of interconnecting hyphae filaments which assimilates food from organic matter produced by autotrophic plants capable of photosynthetic assimilation. Contains the fat, chitin. They are not harmfull to the environment. The fungus is the fruit body of the mycelium in the soil. It contains 90% water and 10% protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and fats. It does not have any chlorophyll and cannot assimilate organic compounds and is a mass of hyphae forming a compact tissue called parenchyma. The spore contains 50% water and is a specially modified asexual reproductive cell and is resistant to heat, drought, remaining sterile until conditions favourable. The hyphae have separate walls of chitin.
Collated by James M. Burton as part of H.N.D. course at Pencoed
Agricultural College. Taxanomical information correct as of 06:06:97.