UNIT 6. ALGAE AND FUNGI: THE IMPACT OF ALGAE AND FUNGI ON HUMAN AFFAIRS.
This unit describes the economic importance of the algae and fungi, including their biology and crucial roles in the environment. The algae are recognized as key producers in aquatic environments, and as sources of human food, devastating blooms, and industrial products. Fermented beverages and foods from fungi are discussed, as is the medical importance of fungi as sources of antibiotics, toxins, and diseases affecting crops and people.