Briefly describe life Cycle of Rhizopus

Rhizopus, called as bread mould is a saprophytic and parasitic fungi that are found on substances such as fruits, vegetables and bread etc. and on moist or damp places.

Rhizopus, a zygomycete is a genus under the phylum Zygomycota.

Brief about life Cycle of Rhizopus:

1. Aerial hypha produces a sporangium.

2. Sporangium bursts and releases spores. Sporangium is defined as reproductive structure that produces spores.

3. Spore germinates to produce hyphae.

4. Vegetative mycelium then grows and this is the end of asexual reproduction. Mycelium is defined as the mass of hyphae that produces sporangia.

5. Gametes are formed at the tip of hypha.

6. Plasmogamy: It is defined as the fusion of cytoplasm. After plasmogamy, karyogamy occurs and results in diploid zygote.

7. Zygospore then formed and rest of the unpaired nuclei will degenerate.

8. Karyogamy: It is defined as the fusion of two nuclei that results in diploid nuclei.

9. Meiosis: It is a nuclear division that results in haploid cells from diploid cell.

10. Zygote results in sporangium. Spores are released from sporangium and spore germinates and produces hyphae.

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