Glossary Term: Mycelial Cord

(Mycelial Cords, Mycelial Chord, Mycelial Chords)

Linear aggregations of parallel hyphae. Mature cords are made up of wide, empty vessel hyphae surrounded by narrower sheathing hyphae. Cords may look similar to plant roots, and also frequently have similar functions; hence they are also called rhizomorphs (literally, “root-forms”). Mycelial cords are capable of transferring nutrients over long distances. They can transfer nutrients to a developing fruiting body, or enable wood-rotting fungi to grow through soil from an established food base in search of new food sources.

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