Fungal Parasites and Pathogens

Review Questions

A fungus that climbs up a tree reaching higher elevation to release its spores in the wind and does not receive any nutrients from the tree or contribute to the tree’s welfare is described as a ________.

  1. commensal
  2. mutualist
  3. parasite
  4. pathogen

Hint:

A

A fungal infection that affects nails and skin is classified as ________.

  1. systemic mycosis
  2. mycetismus
  3. superficial mycosis
  4. mycotoxicosis

Hint:

C

The targets for anti-fungal drugs are much more limited than antibiotics or anti-viral medications. Why?

  1. There are more bacteria and viruses than fungi.
  2. Fungi can only be targeted during sexual reproduction, while bacteria and viruses can be targeted at any point in their lifespan.
  3. Fungi cause topical infections, while viruses and bacteria cause systemic infections.
  4. Human cells are much more similar to fungi cells than bacteria or viruses.

Hint:

D