Extra-cellular digestion in fungi:
  • Body consists of thin threads (hyphae)
  • Hyphae secrete enzymes that diffuse through wall onto food
  • Enzymes hydrolyse materials in food to monomers
  • Monomers then absorbed into hyphae by facilitated diffusion. and active transport
  • In fungi (e.g. saprophytic fungi), cilia not involved in moving food
Summary Table
  Saprophytic fungus Mammal
Cilia involved in moving food Incorrect Incorrect
Organism prduces digestive enzymes Correct Correct
Carbohydrates absorbed into cells as monomers such as glucose Correct Correct