Nutrition: "Num. Num. Num."

Unlike organisms in kingdoms that gain their nutrients via ingestion and intracellular digestion, the fungi are unique in their method of extracellular digestion.  Fungi, as a kingdom, release exoenzymes that are stored in their hyphae into the surroundings.  These enzymes then transform organic material into simpler molecules.

  Not only does this particular process benefit individual specimens of Orange Peel Fungus; the decomposition of organic material benefits whole habitats.  To learn more about how this process benefits other organisms, click here.

After the complex molecules of organic material are broken down, the Orange Peel Fungus absorbs this mixture of enzymes and molecules.  The obtained nutrients aid in the growth and reproduction of the fungus.