Shiitake mushrooms are classified as a
order to be considered a fungus
must be heterotrophic.
This means they
do not make their own
food. The Shiitake
mushroom plays an
important role in its
decomposing dead organic
material. The fungus usually grows on trees that have
found on chestnut trees.
White rot and brown rot are
two different classifications of decomposing fungi.
is known as a white rot fungus. White rot fungi are
capable of degrading lignin and brown rot fungi are not.
The Shiitake mushroom here is found on oak wood.
Through the process of extracellular digestion, it will be able to
decompose this tree.
Copyright: Clive Shirley
An Out of Body
When one thinks of digestion they
think of it as an internal
For the Shiitake,
fungi, food is first
body. This special type
digestion is known as
digestion. The fungi carry out
extracellular digestion because most
food are too
large to diffuse across