Plant pathogenic fungi

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True fungi are a diverse and widespread group of microorganisms classified in the kingdom Eumycota. Fungi are eukaryotic, heterotrophic microorganisms. Most fungi are microscopic, but some have large fruiting bodies such as hat mushrooms and bracket fungi. Most of them are aerobic, but a few are anaerobic. They either are single-celled (yeasts) or grow as thread-like structures (hyphae) to form a mycelium. Fungi reproduce primarily by means of spores. Fungi constitute the largest group of organisms causing plant diseases. Most fungi are, however, saprophytic and are very important for the decomposition of organic material. This chapter will give an overview of the characteristics and classification of plant pathogenic fungi, and describe some species causing important plant diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant Pathology and Plant Diseases
EditorsAnne Marte Tronsmo, David B. Collinge , Annika Djurle, Lisa Munk, Jonathan Yuen, Arne Tronsmo
Number of pages34
PublisherCABI International
Publication date1 Jan 2020
ISBN (Print)9781789243185
ISBN (Electronic)9781789243192
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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© Anne Marte Tronsmo, David B. Collinge, Annika Djurle, Lisa Munk, Jonathan Yuen and Arne Tronsmo 2020. All rights reserved.

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