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How does a mushroom make its food?

Mushrooms don’t have chlorophyll like plants. They cannot produce their own food directly from sunlight. Most mushrooms are considered saprophytes — they get their nutrition from metabolizing non living organic matter.

Nutrients and other essential compounds are stored in their bodies, and when there is enough material stored and the conditions are right they start to fruit or produce mushrooms.

They are fungi and belong in a kingdom different from plants and animals. Fungi differ from plants and animals on how they obtain their nutrients.

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