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Mycology: science that studies fungi

What is - definition

Mycology is a science, branch of microbiology, that studies the fungi and their properties. This science is also known as mycology.

The main themes and properties of the fungi studied by Mycology are:

- Taxonomy (fungal classification)

- Systematic (describes biodiversity and relationships between organisms)

- Morphology (study of fungal forms or parts thereof)

- Biochemistry (studies the chemical processes that occur in fungi)

- Use of beneficial effects of fungi on food production, medicines, etc.

- Harmful properties of some fungal species.


The professionals (scientists) who study the fungi are called mycologists or mycologists. They are biology graduates who specialize in fungi, mainly through postgraduate courses.

Biological curiosity:

The term mycology comes from the Greek language, where "mikes" means mushroom and "logos" means study.