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Kingdom Fungi

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Fungi Name: Kingdom Fungi
Type of organism: Fungi including mushrooms, toadstools and yeasts
Numbers of species: About 70,000
Where they are found: Almost everywhere - in the sea, in freshwater, and on land

Description: Fungi can be single celled organisms like yeasts, or multicellular (many celled), like toadstools mushrooms and moulds. Although they often look like plants, fungi do not produce their own food as plants do. Instead they live off dead or decaying plant or animal material.

Need to know: Fungi can be very useful - penicillin is made from moulds, yeast is used in baking and brewing, and we eat mushrooms on toast for breakfast!

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