Fungi

Some mushrooms can affect your health, for example by causing infections, allergies or toxins.

Mushrooms, or fungi, are a group of organisms in their own right, such as plants, animals or bacteria. This generic term includes yeasts, molds and macro-mushrooms that produce structures visible to the naked eye.

Fungi have their own cellular structures, physiology and evolutionary history. Unlike plants that practice photosynthesis, fungi are heterotrophic organisms that need a source of organic matter to feed themselves. 
 

Sciensano hosts a rich fungal collection of more than 15,000 different strains of molds and yeasts that have an effect on human or animal health. Sciensano develops identification methods and studies infectious fungi and their resistance to antifungals.

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