Saprobic fungi

Fungi and bacteria are the main decomposers of organic matter; the activity of these organisms is as essential for the endless functioning of the earth’s ecosystems as that of the producers of nutrients. As they feed on dead organic matter, saprophytic fungi decompose it into simple molecules that go back into the soil and can be reused by plants and all other organisms.
Their ability to demolish organic matter has been used by man, in particular to destroy foods and clothes (cotton and leather items).

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  • 13 May 2011

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