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Mushroom - Neither Animal nor Plant

Started by lenaanthony, July 27, 2012, 08:28:55 AM

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Mushroom, a type of fungi, is neither a plant nor an animal. Its uniqueness in appetite stems from the fact that it feeds on other plants or animal material without the use of direct sunlight, which is what plants use to convert the sun's energy into food. Mushrooms rely on enzymes instead to break down their food components before digesting and absorbing its nutrients.


Plants are autotrophic organisms which synthesize organic substances (food) using light energy (photosynthesis). Animals are heterotrophs. They consume organic matter by ingesting it. Mushrooms are heterotrophs, too, but unlike animals, they absorb the nutrients.
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