One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant) living in association with a mycorrhiza or another fungus which appears to improve the uptake of nutrients.
- ‘They increase soil organic content, improve microclimatic conditions and enhance the distribution of mycotrophic species.’
- ‘Table 2 shows a list of plant species that we know are mycorrhizal, but which we can only assume to be mycotrophic.’
- ‘Without mycotrophic host plants present on the site to colonize, airborne spores of indigenous mycorrhizae are unable to persist.’
- ‘Preliminary studies demonstrated that broomsedge is a highly mycotrophic species.’
- ‘Here, 12 orchid species are distributed including four mycotrophic orchids (dependent on soil fungi for nutrients).’
1920s: from myco- ‘of fungi’ + Greek trophē ‘nourishment’.
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