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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It is also potentially an important carbon source for microorganisms living on plant material, either as a saprotroph or a pathogen (7).
2001) showed competitive sequestration of phosphorus between a saprotroph, Hypholoma fasciculare and an ECM fungus, Suillus variegatus and concluded that the potential for either fungus to out-compete depended on the carbon source available to either competitor.