It seems, fungi often infect animals, while plants it seems, never. Is it because the cellulose cell walls make them incompatible with animal tissue?

  • $\begingroup$ The question in the title differs from the one in the post. Can you please pick one of the two questions only? $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Jul 27 '18 at 18:57
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    $\begingroup$ The threshold between parasite and predator is somewhat blurry. Would carnivorous plants be a good example? The only true good example coming to my mind are plants that get insects to carry their pollen but don't give them any nectar as reward. There are also plants that lure insects in but imitating a potential mate and then just use these insects for pollen transportation again. Are these good examples or did you mean endo-parasites only? $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Jul 27 '18 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ Why would they? They evolved to become phototropic.Although carnivorous and protocarnivorous plants exist for survival advantages.Can you be a bit more specific so that it's easy to relate? $\endgroup$ – user 33690 Jul 27 '18 at 19:10
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    $\begingroup$ Boundaries between parasite and symbiotic are also fuzzy. What about the algae that are symbiotic with sloths? Molecular evidence for a diverse green algal community growing in the hair of sloths and a specific association with Trichophilus welckeri(Chlorophyta, Ulvophyceae) $\endgroup$ – iayork Jul 27 '18 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ I am voting to close as unclear as long as the OP has not address the difficulties of definitions of ecological interactions and has not addresses whether the presented examples would answer the question or not. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Jul 28 '18 at 16:30

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