Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi

Since fungi lack chlorophyll necessary to produce their own food how do they obtain food?

Fungi are saprobes that absorb nutrients from wastes and dead organisms. Instead of taking food inside its body and then digesting it as an animal would, a fungus digests food outside its body by secreting strong hydrolytic enzymes onto the food. In this way, complex organic compounds are broken down into simpler compounds that the fungus can absorb through the cell wall and cell membrane.


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