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mycotrophic Line breaks: myco|troph¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmʌɪkə(ʊ)ˈtrəʊfɪk/

Definition of mycotrophic in English:


(Of a plant) living in association with a mycorrhiza or another fungus which appears to improve the uptake of nutrients.
Example sentences
  • Preliminary studies demonstrated that broomsedge is a highly mycotrophic species.
  • They increase soil organic content, improve microclimatic conditions and enhance the distribution of mycotrophic species.
  • Without mycotrophic host plants present on the site to colonize, airborne spores of indigenous mycorrhizae are unable to persist.


1920s: from myco- 'of fungi' + Greek trophē 'nourishment'.



Example sentences
  • The colonization is a specialized form of mycotrophy which enable the plants to survive in poor soils.
  • The study results suggest that mycotrophy is favoured by increasing soil organic matter and avoiding heavy fertilization.
  • Research showed that the mycotrophy of Scots pine, planted in soil degraded by air pollution, may be considerably improved by planting seedlings with a properly developed ectomycorrhiza.

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