Courses for Kids
Free study material
Free LIVE classes


share icon
share icon

What Is Mycology?

Mycology is the discipline of science that portrays and examines an extremely immense gathering of life forms named fungi. This group contains around 90,000 species, and thousands are depicted each year, being assessed that there may be more than one million fungal species on the planet, which makes the fungi kingdom one of the most significant in the tree of life. Fungi are entirely variable in forms, since they incorporate both macroscopic, (for example, mushrooms, truffles, and puffballs) and minute microscopic life forms. Every one of them shares some common qualities. They are non-motile heterotrophic eukaryotes that have a cell wall around the cell, which contrasts from the cell wall of plants since it contains various components (essentially chitin). Most fungal organisms can reproduce by both sexual and agamic propagation. 

Although we don't know about it vividly, fungi have an incredible impact on our day to day propensities, and our society and way of living would be altogether different without these living beings. Fungal growths are generally found in the earth, and they have numerous beneficial impacts and applications.

Define Mycology 

Mycology is the study of fungal life forms. Here, mycologists straightforwardly center around the scientific categorization, genetics, application just as numerous other attributes of this group of beings. 

[Image will be uploaded soon]

Medical Mycology 

In current times, more than 50,000 types of fungal organisms have been recognized in various conditions over the globe. While some are free-living and have no effect on people (and different creatures), some are either valuable or unsafe making it important to consider and understand them. 

This has not just made it conceivable to develop medicines for sicknesses brought about by explicit types of fungi, yet additionally utilize certain species in an assortment of industries (pharmaceutical, food, horticulture, and liquor among others). 

Fungi cause a wide variety of ailments, from shallow cutaneous diseases with dermatophytes in the community to intrusive Candida and Aspergillus in seriously immunocompromised patients in the emergency clinic condition. A considerable lot of the most significant contagious pathogens, strikingly Candida spp. and Aspergillus spp., in the immunocompromised, can likewise shape a piece of the common flora, which may prompt trouble in the interpretation of culture results. Candida spp. are individuals from the family Cryptococcaceae and are Deuteromycota. Candidas are pathogens and saprophytes of creatures and man. They are found as a piece of the common flora of the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary tracts and skin. They are likewise generally circulated in the earth and can be found on numerous plants. Most human contaminations are brought about by Candida albicans, yet different species, including G tropicalis, G parapsilosis, G glabrata, C krusei, and G pseudotropicalis can emerge in clinical examples and may cause ailment. There are a few hundred Aspergillus spp. in any case, just four are consistently connected with human disease: A fumigatus, A niger, A. flavus, and A. terreus. They develop with septate branching hyphae. A portion of these may offer ascent to a long tail like, nonseptate hypha emerging from the specific foot cell, which is topped by the conidiospore, the asexual regenerative structure. 

[Image will be uploaded soon]


The utilization of form dynamic azoles caused unrest in clinical mycology because of their expansive range and their diminished toxicity contrasted with amphotericin B and has unmistakably improved patient endurance.

The chemical families that repress C-14 demethylation are imidazoles, which are for the most part utilized topically, and triazole drugs. They are arranged chemically dependent on the number of nitrogen atoms in the azole ring (two for imidazoles and three for triazoles). All in all, these mixes are called sterol demethylation inhibitors (DMIs) and are generally utilized in both the clinical (as treatment or prophylaxis decision for contagious diseases) and in the natural setting (as fungicides in agribusiness). 

[Image will be uploaded soon]

In mammalian cells, cholesterol is one of the most significant sterols present in the cell layer. In any case, the significant sterol in the fungal cell is an alternate one, the ergosterol, which makes it a reasonable antifungal target.  The inhibition of the ergosterol synthesis delivers the accumulation of harmful sterols, for example, lanosterol, which substitutes the methylated sterols and drains ergosterol from the fungal layer, prompting cell membrane instability, development impairment, and ensuing cell death.

Last updated date: 27th May 2023
Total views: 314.4k
Views today: 4.72k
Last updated date: 27th May 2023
Total views: 314.4k
Views today: 4.72k
Want to read offline? download full PDF here
Download full PDF
Is this page helpful?

FAQs on Mycology

1. What are the employments of organisms other than therapeutically?

Ans. Organisms assume a significant job intending to major worldwide difficulties. The utilization of fungal processes and items can prompt expanded manageability through the progressive efficient use of natural resources. Applications extend from upgrading biowaste to the utilization of sustainable plant biomass as a substitute for fuel-based items, for example, biochemicals, plastics, manure, and fuel. Fungal inoculum, brought into the soil along with the seed, can advance plant development by expanding plant take-up of supplements and water, the robustness of significance for keeping up crop yields under environmental change condition. Fungal catalysts can prompt the creation of food ingredients with prebiotic impacts for a healthier human gut biota and consequently more noteworthy resiliency towards the way of lifestyle diseases.

2. What are the various types of fungi?

Inside the Kingdom Fungi, these are the most significant families, or "phyla." 

  • Basidiomycota: This family incorporates mushrooms and toadstools. 

  • Ascomycota: Sometimes called sac parasites, individuals from this family frequently have distinctive, eye catching fruiting bodies. This group incorporates edible morels and truffles. It likewise incorporates the penicillin species which gave us the first successful anti-toxin. 

  • Neocallimastigomycete: These organisms live in the gastrointestinal tract of herbivorous creatures like sheep. The proteins that they produce separate polysaccharides like cellulose, the intense material that invigorates plants theirs. When these fungi accomplish their work, the less complex starches that are produced can be utilized by sheep as food. 

  • Blastocladiomycota: This family comprises for the most part of soil inhabitants that digest debris of different sorts 

  • Glomeromycotan: This is an extremely specific group of parasites that live in a useful beneficial interaction with liverworts (little plants like greeneries). 

  • Chytridiomycota: These old growths digest intense proteins like keratin (regular in skin and hair) and chitin (particularly normal in the exoskeletons of bugs). 

  • Microsporidia: This is a little group of single-celled, parasitic organisms that for the most part infect beetles.

Competitive Exams after 12th Science