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  • n. Plural form of ascomycete.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. large class of higher fungi .
  • A large class of higher fungi distinguished by septate hyph√¶, and by having their spores formed in asci, or spore sacs; the sac fungi. It comprises many orders, among which are the yeasts, molds, mildews, truffles, morels, etc. The class is coextensive with the phylum Ascomycota.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A family of fungi characterized by the formation of free spores within elongated cells (asci), often associated with alternation of generation.

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  • n. large class of higher fungi coextensive with division Ascomycota: sac fungi


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  • Two of his favourite mushrooms are truffles and morels, members of the important ascomycetes group of funghi, which also includes yeasts as well as the mould Penicillium chrysogenum from which penicillin is derived.

    At My Table

  • All ascomycetes produce asci at some stage in their life cycle.

    At My Table

  • Or was it one of the gasteromycetes, the coniomycetes, the hyphomycetes, the ascomycetes, or one of the physomycetes?

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 384, May 12, 1883

  • It was stated in the second paper of this series that the disposition of the _Lecideaceae_ in an early paper of the series would show what slight changes are needed in treating lichens as we treat other ascomycetes.

    Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6 The Ascomycetes of Ohio IV and V

  • Mention may be made here, however, of the attempts in parts of France to cultivate truffles, species of subterranean fungi belonging to the ascomycetes (various species of the genus _Tuber_).

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

  • Some ascomycetes are pathogens that cause disease in plants or animals, while others are edible or harmlessly live on dead organic matter.


  • Together with colleagues at Harvard, Roper studied the airborne spores of more than 100 species of ascomycetes, the largest phylum of fungi.

    Impact Lab

  • While Roper and his colleagues found that ascomycetes eject spores at an unexpectedly forceful 1.24 meters per second, the spores decelerate very rapidly, heightening the importance of aerodynamics in reproductive success.

    Impact Lab

  • Peroxisome-like organelles, called Woronin bodies, plug the septa of the ascomycetes

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  • Moreover the presence of 4 RGS - (Regulator of G-protein Signaling) proteins and 3 GprK-type G-protein coupled receptors comprising an RGS-domain suggest a more complex posttranslational regulation of G-protein signaling than in other ascomycetes.

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