Lecture #6

Basidiomycetes I: Introduction


Biodiversity of Basidiomycetes

  • very successful group; approx. 20,000 known species
  • great diversity of :


    General definitions

    Basidium (See pp. 489 & 497) (Image)

    Septum

    Life cycle


    Classification of Basidiomycota

  • three major groups of basidiomycetes are now recognized based on septal ultrastructure, secondary chemistry and molecular data

  • Hymenomycetes - dolipore septum
  • Ustilaginomycetes - smut septum or "simple dolipore"
  • Urediniomycetes - simple septum

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