Any of various fungi that reproduce only asexually, by means of conidia, or whose sexual stage has not yet been discovered. The deuteromycetes are no longer recognized as a valid taxonomic group.
Any of various fungi that reproduce only asexually, by means of conidia. The penicillin mold, the fungus that causes athlete's foot, and the fungus that causes root rot and damping off in plants are deuteromycetes. The deuteromycetes do not form a natural phylogenetic grouping. Instead, the classification simply includes the fungal species that have lost the sexual stage in their life cycle. Most deuteromycete species are in fact descended from ascomycetes and can be reclassified as such if their sexual stage is discovered.
Origin of deuteromycete
- deutero– (from that fact that the deuteromycetes were originally considered an inferior or secondary group because they do not reproduce sexually) –mycete
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition