• sac fungi
German: Ascomyceten
Japanese: 子囊菌

Microbiology. A class of fungi characterised by the formation of an ascus in which sexual spores (ascospores) are produced. Most pathogenic fungi belong to the ascomycetes. Other well known examples of sac fungi are yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) for manufacturing of bread, beer and wine, edible mushrooms like morels and truffles, and antibiotics (e.g., penicillin) containing fungis for treating bacterial infections.

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