- any fungus of the phylum Ascomycota (or class Ascomycetes), including the molds and truffles, characterized by bearing the sexual spores in a sac (as distinguished from basidiomycete).
Origin of ascomycete
Also called sac fungus.
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They are nearly the equivalent of Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes.
These latter are thus seen to be carpospores, comparable to those of Red Alg, and to the ascospores of Ascomycetes.
In the same way the real multicellular fungi (ascomycetes and basimycetes) may be traced to the tissue-forming alg.The Wonders of Life
The first of these is known as the Ascomycetes (Sac fungi), the other the Basidiomycetes (mushrooms, puff-balls, etc.).Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
The Sporidiferous fungi are represented by the families Physomycetes and Ascomycetes.
- any fungus of the phylum Ascomycota (formerly class Ascomycetes) in which the spores (ascospores) are formed inside a club-shaped cell (ascus). The group includes yeast, penicillium, aspergillus, truffles, and certain mildews
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- A class of fungi characterized by the presence of asci and spores, and having two distinct reproductive phases, a perfect stage and an imperfect stage.
- A member of the class Ascomycetes.
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- Any of various fungi belonging to the phylum Ascomycota, characterized by the presence of sexually produced spores formed within an ascus. Like most fungi, ascomycetes also reproduce asexually by the formation of nonsexual spores called conidia at the ends of filaments known as hyphae. Yeasts, many molds that cause food spoilage, and the edible fungi known as morels and truffles, are ascomycetes. A number of serious plant diseases, including ergot, the powdery mildews that attack fruit, and Dutch elm disease, are also caused by ascomycetes.
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