necrotroph


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necrotroph

(ˈnɛkrəʊˌtrəʊf)
n
(Zoology) a parasitic organism that kills the living cells of its host and then feeds on the dead matter
necrotrophic adj
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may either be necrotrophs that first destroy host cells and later feed
After an informative preface explaining why the study of plant pathology is important and how to use both this introductory textbook and its accompanying CD-Rom, the first chapter provides and explanation of how plant diseases are diagnosed, the 'plant disease triangle', how to determine the cause of a specific disease, what 'biotrophs' and necrotrophs are, disease cycles and they can be utilized.
Fungi are heterotrophs requiring external sources of carbon for energy and cellular synthesis and they have adapted three different modes of nutrition to obtain this carbon, occurring as saprotrophs, necrotrophs and biotrophs.