Question
Tue April 01, 2014 By: Saptarshi Sen

HOW DO FUNGI GROWING ON SHOES DERIVE NUTRITION ?

Expert Reply
Tue April 22, 2014

Mode of nutrition in fungi is heterotrophic. Saprophytic fungi utilise dead and decaying organic matter as a source of food. Parasitic fungi thrive on other living organisms to obtain their food. The fungi growing on shoes are heterotrophic decomposers. They feed by extracellular digestion (secreting enzymes onto their food and absorbing the products of digestion).

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