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A network of numerous hyphae which develop within or along the substrate. "The spore and initial hyphae are haploid; that is, they contain only one copy of each chromosome. When a haploid mycelium meets another haploid mycelium of the same species, and they are sexually compatible, the two mycelia join together and each cell receives a nucleus from the other mycelium. This process is called diploidization. Some authors seem to want to reserve the term mycelium for hyphae that have undergone diploidization (the earlier, haploid stuff is just hyphae), but most people seem to use it for both phases." Hypha.

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