Fungi are important experimental organisms
easily cultured, occupy little space, multiply rapidly, short life cycle.
study metabolite pathways
study growth, development, and differentiation
mechanisms of cell division and development
microbial assays of vitamins and amino acids
genetics-- e.g. “one gene one enzyme” in Neurospora won Beadle and Tatum the Nobel prize
Many fungi are used as model organisms for genetics, cell biology and molecular biology. Remember that just because someone happens to work with fungi doesn’t make them a Mycologist!