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Glossary

ROOT TIP:
the terminal portion of a root of a tree.

ASCUS:
the spore bearing sac.

EPIGEOUS FUNGUS:
a fruiting body that develops above ground.

HYPOGEOUS FUNGUS:
a fruiting body whose entire life cycle occurs under the earth’s surface.

GLEBA:
the fleshy and compact inner portion.

HYPHA:
the filamentous structure containg fungal cells.

MYCELIUM:
the vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of hyphae.

MYCOHRRIZA:
the symbiotic association between the hyphae and the roots of a tree.

PERIDIUM:
the outer skin which serves as protection against bacteria and fungi.

SYMBIOSIS:
the interaction between organisms of different species that live in close association, deriving mutual advantage.

SPORE:
a reproductive cell.

SPOROCARP:
the fruiting body, or the truffle technically termed.