If you cannot "stomach" mushrooms, then you are a fungophobe and this lecture is likely to be revolting to you...you have to face your fear here. The higher fungi simply refers to those organisms commonly placed by taxonomists into Kingdom Fungi.
This division is in Kingdom Fungi and is probably the most primitive of the group. Go over the life cycle of Rhizopus.
Tell the interesting phototropism and spore dispersal mechanism in Pilobolus.
Show examples starting with yeasts and working up to morels.
Go through life cycle.
Notice how this life history lacks a motile phase!
It is anisogamous at least, but hard to call oogamous.
Asexual reproduction is commonly called the "imperfect" fungi.
In some species it is the only part of the life cycle known. These then are called members of the Deuteromycota. Deutero- means "duty" and it is the duty of mycologists (those who study fungi) to learn to identify the sexual stages that belong to these deuteromycetes. A recent example is on display in the laboratory. The deuteromycete fungi are important for producing industrial chemicals...penicillin and enzymes for detergents and for "stone washing" blue jeans).
Many ascomycete fungi are the fungal partner in a fungal/algal symbiosis known as lichens. The ascomycete provides the algal home and a way to survive desiccation and supplies of minerals from the enviroment, the algae provide carbohydrates for the fungus. It is likely a mutualism.
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