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 (fī′kō-mī′sēt′, -mī-sēt′)
Any of various fungi that resemble algae, including certain molds and mildews.

[From New Latin Phȳcomycētēs, class name : phyco- + -mycete.]

phy′co·my·ce′tous adj.
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(Botany) any of a primitive group of fungi, formerly included in the class Phycomycetes but now classified in different phyla: includes certain mildews and moulds
ˌphycomyˈcetous adj
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(ˌfaɪ koʊˈmaɪ sit, -maɪˈsit)

any of various fungi that resemble algae, as downy mildew.
[1930–35; < New Latin Phycomycetes name of a class; see phyco-, -mycete]
phy`co•my•ce′tous, adj.
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(1) Seeber in 1900 described the organism as protozoa, Ashworth in 1923 described the life cycle of Rhinosporidium and thought it to be a phycomycete and named it Rhinosporidium seeberi.
Ultraestructural studies of the free zoospore of the rumen phycomycete Neocallimastix frontalis.
(Adapted from Harris, 1981) Water Potential ([PSI]) MPa Bars Example Activity in Soil -0.03 -0.3 Ciliates Movement of protozoa, bacteria -0.1 -1.0 Flagellates Movement of protozoa, bacteria -0.5 -5.0 Naked amoeba Movement of protozoa, bacteria Spirillum -1.5 -15.0 Nitrosomonas [NH.sub.4.sup.+] and S oxidation affected Wilting point of many plants affected Gram-negative bacteria affected -2.5 -25.0 Pseudomonas -4.0 -40.0 Basidiomycete Phycomycete fungal growth yeasts [NH.sub.4.sup.+] and S oxidation cease Archrobacter Gram-positive bacteria affected Streptococcus -6.0 -60.0 Fungal growth -10 -100 Saccharomyces Fungal growth TABLE 9-4 Number of bacteria in air-dried soils from Nebraska sampled by soil depth.
Similarly, Blakeslea trispora, another Phycomycete and reputedly a very fastidious organism, remained viable and could be conserved under oil for 10 months; material that had been kept 12-16 months did not survive, however (Buell & Weston, 1947).
The rumen microorganisms, predominately bacteria, protozoa and phycomycete fungi, can secrete a wide range of fibrolytic enzymes (Imai, 1998; Chen et al., 2008).
Zygomycosis (also called Mucomycosis) is a generic term which refers to infections of the class Zygomycetes (also called Phycomycetes); they tend to be both opportunistic and invasive.