Mucor, a fungus from the class of Zygomycetes, is a ubiquitous saprophyte that resides in soil and decaying organic matter.
On dung, the fungus usually appears as part of a succession of different genera, not independently, and can also live saprophytically on plant remains.
Unlike more advanced plants, fungi lack chlorophyll and so can only grow as saprophytes (from dead plants or animals); or as parasites (on living plants); or in a mycorrhizal relationship (symbiosis between fungi and the roots of trees).
In the standard saprophytic serovars and the saprophytic isolates from water sources there was no digestion with this enzyme and the original 482 bp band appeared as such in these strains.
The three ecological groups of mushrooms are mycorrhizal, parasitic and saprophytic mushrooms.
Many of these live saprophytically on dead organic matter on or in soil where they are regarded as the most important decomposers of plant residues and other organic matter.
It is a dimorphic fungus that exists saprophytically in nature and has a worldwide distribution.
Therefore, we hypothesize that these organisms lived saprophytically upon sulfate-reducing bacteria, rather than feeding in the water column.
While the leaf was young and healthy, many other fungal colonists - the true saprophytes (organisms living on dead or decaying matter) - remained quiescent.
It imparts rigidity to the cell wall and is responsible for decay resistance that enables the cells to withstand the saprophytic activity of organisms capable of degrading non-lignified cell walls.