Explain parasite and saprotrophs.

The parasite is an organism that lives on or in another organism (called the host), using it as a source of food and a place of temporary or permanent residence.

Parasites are organisms that depend upon another organism or host for food and cause harm or diseases to the host. Examples: Cuscuta (Amarbel), mosquitoes, and head lice. 

Saprophyte is an organism that feeds on a decomposing matter from dead organisms. Saprophytes feed with decaying organic matter from dead organisms.

Saprotrophs are organisms that obtain nutrition from dead and decaying organic matter. Examples: Fungi and some bacteria.


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Updated on: 27-Apr-2023


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