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WHy are fungi not classsified as plants?

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cenicienta | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 9, 2011 at 7:36 AM via web

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WHy are fungi not classsified as plants?

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boblawrence | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Plants comprise one of the five groups of living things found on Earth.

Fungi were initially grouped with the plants, until the microscope was invented, whereupon they were assigned to a separate category.

Here are the differences between Plants and Fungi:

Plants synthesize their own food by the process of photosynthesis.  Fungi obtain their food in a parasitic fashion from the plants to which they are attached.

Unlike plants, fungi do not contain green chlorophyll.

Plants have fruit, pollen and seeds for reproduction, whereas fungi use spores.

Plants have roots that burrow into the soil to obtain water and nutrients.  Fungi attach to the surface of plants on which they feed.

Plants are producers of foods.  Fungi, on the other hand, decompose expired biologic material.

Plants have cell walls consisting of cellulose, whereas chitin makes up the capsule of fungi.

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