A microorganism that feeds on dead and decaying organic matter. Saprophytes excrete @[email protected] that digest organic residues externally, the low @[email protected] compounds formed then being absorbed.
Source: PAC, 1992, 64, 143. (Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992)) on page 165 [Terms] [Paper]
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