|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 human skin.
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.