Physiological Factors Favouring Fruit Body Production

Fungi enjoy an adaptable and flexible metabolism. It is unlikely that there is a compound, organic or inorganic, on the planet that some fungus cannot utilise, transform, modify or otherwise metabolise (see Chapter 3 in Moore, 1998a). These versatile biochemical capabilities are used in a variety of ways during morphogenesis in fungi and over the past century there have been numerous in vitro studies of the nutritional physiology of fruit body production. Nutrients that are inferred to be 'favourable' for fruiting are those that allow the organism to exert its own intrinsic controls over the progress of its metabolism (Hawker, 1950).

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