Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, an abnormal mode of obtaining nutrition, observed especially in the Cupuliferæ. These plants, according to Frank, are destitute of root-hairs, and depend for their nutrition upon a fungus, the mycelium of which closely surrounds the roots and acts in the capacity of root-hairs. In contradistinction to these are most ordinary plants, which obtain their nourishment by autotrophy—that is, by means of ordinary root-hairs. See
- n. The state of being a heterotroph
- hetero- + -trophy (Wiktionary)
“Plant-like polymers have been found in the fossils, but nutritional evidence supports heterotrophy, which is not commonly found in plants.”
“Nutrients, photosynthesis and microbial heterotrophy in the southeastern Chukchi Sea: Arctic summer nutrient depletion and heterotrophy.”
“I am sure the complex of co-evolved myco-heterotrophy, commensal fungi and bacteria, detritovores, etc are all affected by allelopathic interactions of the varied plant species to some extent.”
“Approximately 200 budgets demonstrate the extreme heterogeneity of the coastal zone, with most of the variability towards both autotrophy and heterotrophy being in smaller systems.”
“The heterogeneity about a net metabolism near 0 is a more striking characteristic than a strong trend towards net autotrophy versus heterotrophy.”
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