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Saprophytic

Definition

adjective

(1) Of or relating to a saprophyte.

(2) Feeding, absorbing or growing upon decaying organic matter (e.g. dead or decaying animal or vegetable matter).


Supplement

The use of the term 'saprophytic' (-phyte, referring to plants) to describe organisms feeding on decaying organic matter is no longer popular since there are no plants that are truly saprophytic. Fungi and bacteria with such feeding behaviour are no longer considered as plants.


Related forms: saprophyte (noun)


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Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish

Well said. Saprophytic in this context could be rather misleading.

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by plasmodesmata11
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:53 am
 
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Topic: Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish
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Re: Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish

I guess it depends on what definitions one chooses. The term "saprophytic" is not used much anymore but generally refers to the ingestion of dead or decaying organic matter. By this definition, scavengers are saprophytes, which may be one of the ...

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by wbla3335
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:36 am
 
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Topic: Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish
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Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish

why would you say the spider is saprophytic?

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by plasmodesmata11
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:12 am
 
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Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish

What is the mode of nutrition(holozoic, parasitic or saprophytic) of spider and starfish?

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by WilliamY
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:45 pm
 
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the difference between Viruses and Bacteria.

... non living. 2) they are crystallizable. - noncrystallizable. 3) are only parasitic in nature, depend on host for all its - independent or may be saprophytic, parasitic, in nature. necessary function. 4) uses host machinery for its - have ther own genetic material for replication. replication.

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by ankitakhemka
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: the difference between Viruses and Bacteria.
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