What is Mold?

There is an ecological role for fungi. They are crucial in breaking down dead plant material, as are bacteria, but they in turn break down animal material. Degraders or reducers or saprophytes called. Both unicellular (yeasts) and fellow multicellular organisms (mushrooms) belong to the fungi. Scientific study of fungi is called mycology. Researchers within this science are called mycologists. Fungi form an empire of their own, as do animals. Fungi can reproduce in two ways; sexually (through spores) and asexually (through fungal threads). The latter variant is done vegetatively.