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Mr. Bloomfield's OrchardThe Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.001.0001

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

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(p.45) CHAPTER 3 What Lies Beneath
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Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard
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Nicholas P. Money

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.003.0003

This chapter discusses the invasive growth of the fungus and its voracious appetite. Fungi grow by extending the tips of their hyphae and by branching to initiate new hyphae. As the organism expands, it forms a maze of filaments whose pattern bears some resemblance to a series of river deltas. This is the colony or mycelium, the feeding phase of the fungus. Most often, hyphal growth is invasive, so mycelia develop inside the food source (or substrate) utilized by the fungus.

Keywords:   fungi, invasive growth, hyphae, mycelium

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