Fungal Hyphae

Hyphae are the tubular projections of multicellular fungi that form a filamentous network (mycelium)

  • Fungal hyphae release digestive enzymes in order to absorb nutrients from food sources

Certain species of fungi may form a symbiotic relationship with plants whereby both species benefit (mutualism)

  • The hyphae penetrate into the plant’s root tissue in response to chemical exudates produced by both plant and fungus
  • Within the cortical cells of the root, the hyphae form arbuscular projections which absorb nutrients from the plant cells
  • In return, the fungus transfers minerals absorbed from the soil into the plant, so both species benefit from the interaction

Fungal Hyphae

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