AAT Bioquest

Do fungi have cell walls?

Posted June 9, 2022


Yes, fungi have cell walls. All fungi, whether unicellular or multicellular, have a thick cell wall composed of tough complex polysaccharides called chitin. Chitin provides the cell walls of fungi with crucial structural strength. They also protect fungal cells from dehydrating and predators.  

Additional resources

MycoLight™ Fluorescence Live/Dead Bacterial Imaging Kit

The Fungal Cell Wall: Structure, Biosynthesis, and Function