Chapter

What Lies Beneath

Nicholas P. Money

in Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154573
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.003.0003
 What Lies Beneath

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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

Chapter.  6973 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microbiology

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