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[sapro- + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

sap·ro′bic (-bĭk) adj.
sap·ro′bi·cal·ly adv.
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(Plants) an organism, esp a fungus, that lives on decaying organisms; a saprotroph. See also saprophyte
[C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life]
sapˈrobic, saprobiotic adj
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Noun1.saprobe - an organism that lives in and derives its nourishment from organic matter in stagnant or foul water
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Scopulariopsis brevicaulis is distributed worldwide as a common mold in soil and forest leaf litter, and is a common saprobe found on fur, hooves, and horns of small and large mammals (Shubina et al.
The fungus is actually a saprobe. It derives its nutrients from chewed-up, dead plant material that make up the labyrinth of walls in the garden.
Furthermore, broadleaf trees block out the sunlight required by pine seedlings and the buildup of organic matter encourages saprobe microbes to compete with matsutake (Chun 2009, 2010, Yoshimura 2004 cited in Saito and Mitsumata 2008).
Key words: cloud forest, fungi on ferns, Hypoxylon, lignicolous fungi, saprobe fungi, Xylaria.
Dermatophytes and saprobe fungi isolated from dogs and cats in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil.
Phylogeny and ecology of the ubiquitous saprobe Cladosporium sphaerospermum, with descriptions of seven new species from hypersaline environments.
Over the past 15 years, Gorgonia ventalina and Gorgonia flabellum have suffered widespread mortality associated with an infection from Aspergillus sydowii (Bainier & Sartory 1913) Thom & Church 1926, a common soil saprobe (Smith et al., 1996; Nagelkerken et al., 1997a, b; Geiser et al., 1998; Harvell et al., 1999; Kim et al., 2000; Alker et al., 2001).