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Sac fungi

The Ascomycota,formerly known as the Ascomycetae, or Ascomycetes, are a Division of Fungi, whose members are commonly known as the Sac Fungi, which produce spores in a distinctive type of microscopic sporangium called an ascus.

Examples of sac fungi are yeasts, morels, truffles, and Penicillium.

The majority of plant-pathogenic fungi belong to this group, or the Deuteromycota.

Species of ascomycetes are also popular in the laboratory.

Sordaria fimicola, Neurospora crassa and several species of yeasts are used in many genetics and cell biology experiments.

Note: This article excerpts material from the Wikipedia article "Sac fungi", which is released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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