(of a plant) living in association with a mycorrhiza or another fungus that appears to improve the uptake of nutrients.
- ‘Preliminary studies demonstrated that broomsedge is a highly mycotrophic species.’
- ‘Without mycotrophic host plants present on the site to colonize, airborne spores of indigenous mycorrhizae are unable to persist.’
- ‘Here, 12 orchid species are distributed including four mycotrophic orchids (dependent on soil fungi for 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.’
1920s: from myco- of fungi + Greek trophē nourishment.