saprotroph

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saprotroph

(ˈsæprəʊˌtrəʊf)
n
(Microbiology) any organism, esp a fungus or bacterium, that lives and feeds on dead organic matter. Also called: saprobe or saprobiont
saprotrophic adj
ˌsaproˈtrophically adv
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The majority of the soil microorganisms are nonpathogenic saprophytes, but there also exist such saprophytic bacteria that are pathogenic for human beings and animals.
The tests are useful in eliminating other saprophytic bacteria that are normally occur together with the pathogen.
Aerobic saprophytic bacteria are mainly represented by non spore-formers from the Pseudomonas genus, including fluorescent and pigmented bacteria and mycobacteria.