Cortinarius speciosissimus- BIO203


What makes fungi so special?

Fungi are some of the most fascinating organisms out there, they can live from any where from barren rock faces to inside human organs! The adaptability of fungi have made them some of the most successful organism. Their ability to secrete chemicals to change their environment or in a substrate make fungi truly unique. You can read more about Cortinarius s. talents below.               Pores in hyphae Tip

Since fungi do not posses chlorophyll, thus can not undergo photosynthesis  like plants or cyanobacteria. They must rely on getting their carbon source else where, otherwise called heterotrophic. Fungi from their hyphae secret chemicals called exo-enzymes. These enzymes break downs the material, and the material is transported in via small pores at the tip of the hyphae.