Overview of Mycology, and the Mycology of Coccidioides immitis

  • M. Huppert
  • S. H. Sun
Part of the Current Topics in Infectious Disease book series (CTID)


Fungi are ubiquitous microorganisms found in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats. Since they do not possess substances active in photosynthesis, they are limited to saprophytic, or symbiotic, or parasitic life cycles. The majority of fungus species are saprophytic and play an active role in the economy of nature by decomposing complex organic substances. The fungi as a group are extremely versatile and have served humans well in addition to plaguing them terribly. They have been used as a nutritional source for centuries and have been utilized effectively in fermentation, dairy, and chemical industries. On the other hand, the fungi also have caused widespread destruction of crops, contaminated food, fuels, and industrial products, and infected man and animals.


Nuclear Division Aerial Hypha Hyphal Cell Septum Formation Parasitic Life Cycle 
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