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sap·ro·phyte

 (săp′rə-fīt′)
n.
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter. Also called saprobe.

sap′ro·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
sap′ro·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.saprophytic - obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material
2.saprophytic - (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
Fungi, fungus kingdom, kingdom Fungi - the taxonomic kingdom including yeast, molds, smuts, mushrooms, and toadstools; distinct from the green plants
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
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fimicola belongs to saprophytic genera and is homothallic; grows well on organic material, isolated from dung of herbivores and is wide spread in nature.
The conjunctiva and its adnexa are usually sterile at birth and are rapidly colonized by saprophytic bacteria6.
For saprophytic molds, such as Aspergillus fumigatus, exposure to aerosolized conidia in the environment is believed to be the primary route leading to colonization of the airways (3).
are found extensively around the world as a saprophytic component of the soil, water, dust, and air.
No flies from the untreated control showed signs of fungal sporulation other than that from saprophytic fungi.
Allen and Hajek 1989), they can be regarded not only as quantitatively rare but also as somewhat unstable in soils, despite their common occurrence in plants and in some saprophytic and mycorrhizal soil fungi (Cromack et al.
Individual colonies could be appreciated standing out as dome-shaped growth till 48-72 hours, since the time of inoculation after which the culture gets contaminated with saprophytic bacteria and other yeasts and moulds.
In vine, mealybugs cause yield losses mainly due to mealybugs feeding on the berries, together with sooty mold development on leaves and fruits, serving as subtract to saprophytic fungi development (Gonzalez and Voloski 2004; Daane et al.
Bacteriologically, Serratia is a Gram-negative bacillus belonging to the Enterobacteriaceae family, saprophytic genus, and widely found in the environment.
These saprophytic and plant pathogenic fungi are now increasingly being recognized as causes of human infection, particularly in immunocompromised persons, such as diabetics, transplant recipients, and patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection [8].
Among the ubiquitous saprophytic filamentous Gram-positive bacteria in the aerobic Actinomyces group is the species Nocardia, first isolated on Guadeloupe Island by Edmond Nocard in 1888 from farcy- (lymphadenitis-) afflicted cattle [9, 10].