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ascocarp

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The reproductive body of fungi of the phylum Ascomycota, which contains ascus cells. An ascocarp may be a closed sphere (cleistothecium), a flask-shaped structure ( perithecium) with a...

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ascolichen

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Any lichen in which the mycobiont is an ascomycete.

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ascus

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(pl. asci)

A specialized cell in fungi of the phylum Ascomycota, which contains two haploid nuclei that fuse during sexual reproduction and then undergo meiosis, giving rise to...

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bell morel

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The common name for the fruit body of the ascomycetous fungus Verpa conica (order Pezizales). It is rare in Britain.

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candle-snuff fungus

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The antler-shaped fruiting structures of the ascomycete Xylaria hypoxylon.

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dead man's fingers

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The common name for the finger-like stromata of the ascomycete Xylaria polymorpha.

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ergot

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Science and Mathematics.

n. a fungus (Claviceps purpurea) that grows on rye. It produces several important alkaloids, chemically related to LSD, including ergotamine and ergometrine, which are used in...

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fruit body

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(fruiting body)

A differentiated, spore-bearing structure, particularly the ascocarps and basidiocarps of ascomycetes and basidiomycetes.

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fungi

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A group of organisms formerly classified in the kingdom Fungi. Molecular studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants, and both fungi and animals are now...

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lichen

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A group of organisms that are symbiotic associations (see symbiosis) between a fungus (usually one of the Ascomycota) and a green alga or a cyanobacterium. The fungal partner (mycobiont)...

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