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The Biology and Identification of Fungi

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Fungi are a unique group of organisms which are classified as a separate kingdom primarily on the basis of their ability to absorb nutrients and their multinucleate character. They may be unicellular (yeastlike), filamentous (moldlike), or both (dimorphic). Fungi may form reproductive propagules through an asexual process by mitotic nuclear division (e.g., buds, sporangiospores, or conidia) and/or through a sexual process by meiotic division (e.g., zygospores, ascospores, or basidiospores). The morphologic features of the reproductive mechanism and the propagules are the critical characteristics used to identify fungi. The key features of the conidia of several common fungi of interest to allergists, as well as the methods used to qualitatively evaluate airborne conidia, are described.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1982-03-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

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