General BiologyProf. Bryan Cardella, M.Ed.
AP Biology Dr. Carleen Eaton, M.D.
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V. Biological Diversity : Lecture 6 | 17:08 min
Fungi have a crucial role in
decomposing dead organisms and organic wastes and releasing their
trapped nutrients back into the environment.
Most plants rely on a
partnership with fungi for normal growth, a relationship that may
have existed when the first plants took to the land.
Many animals, including humans,
use fungi for food. In turn, many fungi take advantage of their
hosts when they act as parasites; humans are sometimes the victims
of this kind of relationship.