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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Two fungal OTUs varied in relative abundance due to amendment type: the soil saprotroph Microascus brevicaulis was present in PL but absent in NIL and FERT treatments, and an unassigned Ascomycota was present in PL and FERT but absent in NIL treatments.
fumigatus, a saprotroph, is widespread in nature, and typically found in soils and decaying organic matter (Kumar et al., 2016b).
For a long time the degree of impurity of the water used has been measured by the microorganisms present (the saprotroph scale).
It is also potentially an important carbon source for microorganisms living on plant material, either as a saprotroph or a pathogen (7).