Answer to Question #117647 in Microbiology for kwame krypton

Question #117647
Actinomycetes are usually classed within the same taxonomic family as bacteria but in many aspects of their morphology and growth patterns resemble fungi. Explain.
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2020-05-27T10:43:03-0400

Actinomycetes are huge group of primarily filamentous soil bacteria. Cells of actinomycetes lack a nucleus or nuclear membrane, in contrast to the fungal cells where the nucleus is present. Instead, cells of actinomycetes, like other prokaryotes, possess a single chromosome composed solely of DNA. Cells of actinomycetes form filaments that thinner than fungal hyphae. Also actinomycetes form radial fungi-like colonies on agar plates, but they are smaller than fungal colonies. Both fungi and actinomycetes produce spores. These two groups of microorganisms have the same ecological function – decomposers.


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